John Shipton, father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, came to Goulburn on the weekend, calling for freedom for his son, who is currently imprisoned in Belmarsh Prison in the UK.
Assange has been given until March 29 to respond to a US appeal, after a British judge ruled that he will not be extradited to the US to be tried on espionage charges due to concerns about his health.
Mr Shipton was present at the Goulburn Show as part of his tour across NSW and Victoria to garner support to free the WikiLeaks founder.
"We came here to generate more interest in the campaign 'Free Julian Assange' and have received some surprising interest from the members of the community here," he said.
"Another reason for us coming here is that we want to thank people.
"There are 24 parliamentarians in the cross-party parliamentary committee who support Julian's return to Australia.
"This is possible if there is support in the electorate."
Calling for his freedom, Mr Shipton cited the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention statement that said that the WikiLeaks Founder has been arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest in London in December 2010, as a result of the legal action against him by both governments.
The expert panel called on the Swedish and British authorities to end Julian Assange's deprivation of liberty, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him the right to compensation.
"That situation hasn't changed and Julian is still arbitrarily detained. He should be released," he added.
Mr Shipton further said that the family is scattered all over the world fighting for the freedom of the WikiLeaks founder.
Meanwhile, Mr Shipton said that he talks to his son everyday who loves to hear about what is going on in his country.
"Due to Covid-19, he is not permitted to have visitors in the Belmarsh Prison but is allowed to get extra phone calls," he said.
"So, we are able to speak for 10 minutes each day.
"He loves to hear about what is happening in his country. Being able to have that chat with him helps to keep us going."
Mr Shipton started the 'Free Julian Assange' campaign last month and has travelled through the cities of NSW, Sydney and Canberra.
Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese, also voiced his support for Assange's freedom last month.
The petition to free Julian Assange can be found here which has been signed by over 500,000 people.
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