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Clarke Member calls for Federal action on Julian Assange

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(Image: Australian MP Andrew Wilkie, speaks outside Belmarsh prison, ahead of the first day of the extradition hearing due to take place next week for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - Tuesday February 18, 2020. Image credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has accused the new Federal Government of abandoning Julian Assange.

The UK Government has approved the extradition of Mr Assange to the US, to face espionage and other charges.

His lawyers say they'll fight the extradition order, Mr Assange facing up to 175 years jail.

Legal counsel Greg Barns SC reveals it's been stressful for the family.

The Member for Clarke has been an outspoken advocate for the Walkley Award winning Australian journalist, calling the order an "outrageous betrayal of the rule of law, media freedom and human rights."

"Good grief the US doesn’t even have global legal extraterritoriality, and nor does the UK/US extradition agreement include the charges levelled at Mr Assange," Mr Wilkie continued.

Earlier this year, Mr Assange's brother Gabriel Shipton presented a global petition to Andrew Wilkie on Hobart's Parliament lawns, advocating for Julian's release.

700,000 people put pen to paper in support of Mr Assange's release, with Australians making up the biggest cohort.

Mr Wilkie maintains it's time for the new Federal Government to step in and call their British and US counterparts, to advocate for the release of Julian Assange.