VIDEO | Despair and Defiance – Senator Scott Ludlam in Conversation with Julian Assange [Festival of Democracy]
Senator Scott Ludlam speaks on Despair and Defiance. In his first speech in the Senate, Scott gave tribute to peace, nuclear free, climate justice movements and Aboriginal survivors of the cruelest forms of dispossession. He noted that many of the people working for justice are tired of fighting against poorly conceived megaproposals, toxic developments and wars, one after another. “It is exhausting work and, even when you win, often all you have to show for your efforts is the absence of something awful.” His work in the Senate to support economic and social justice is often in defiance of a Government that has given up, however, it is also inspired by the tireless efforts of people who band together and fight back, who teach us all what compassionate resistance and defiance to callous government policy actually looks like.
Julian Assange, Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks joins us on his 1216th day inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and soon after the 9th anniversary of the founding of WikiLeaks. He discusses the definitive new book on the State Department cables, The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire.