6:30pm Thursday 19 April
WikiLeaks (the rise, the backlash, the perilous fate of its Australian founder, Julian Assange) is one of the biggest news stories of the new millennium. The conversations about WikiLeaks and Assange are about so much more than the organisation and the individual behind it: they encompass freedom of speech (and the press), whistleblower protection, government transparency and raise fundamental questions about the underlying tenets of our democracy and civil rights. Presented in partnership with WACA (WikiLeaks Australian Citizen's Alliance). Speakers: Christine Assange (mother of Julian, has spent the last 480-odd days extensively researching the Swedish case against her son); Scott Ludlam (Australian Greens Senator); Lizzie O'Shea (Melbourne lawyer specialising in public interest litigation); Bernard Keane (Crikey's correspondent in Canberra); and Greg Barns (barrister and writer). BMW Edge, Federation Square, City. This is a free event. Bookings are essential.