Australia: WikiLeaks founder, Senate candidate Assange says he’s proud of support in homeland | Washington Post

WikiLeaks founder and Australian Senate candidate Julian Assange says he is proud of the level of support he enjoys in his home country and has pledged to enforce transparency in Parliament if he wins a seat in elections in September. “When you turn a bright light on, the cockroaches scuttle away, and that’s what we need to do to Canberra,” the Australian capital, Assange told Nine Network television in an interview filmed in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London and broadcast in Australia on Sunday. In a separate interview at the embassy, where he has taken refuge for more than a year, the 42-year-old fugitive told Ten Network that his popularity demonstrated by a recent opinion poll reflected poorly on the ruling Labor Party. The center-left government staunchly supports the U.S. condemnation of WikiLeaks’ disclosure of hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

Australia: Rudd Says He Hasn’t Decided Election Date, Wants to Attend G-20 | Businessweek

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said “no determination whatsoever” has been made on an election date and he wants to attend a Group of 20 summit in Russia on Sept. 5-6, making a vote early next month less likely. The Sydney Morning Herald reported today that Rudd will visit the governor-general tomorrow or Aug. 5 to seek approval for an election on Sept. 7, citing unidentified people. “I’ve made no determination whatsoever in terms of the date of an election,” Rudd, who’s obliged to call an election by Nov. 30, told reporters in Brisbane today. “It’s my intention to be in St. Petersburg. But I’m very mindful, also, of the other challenges which lie ahead of us.”

Australia: Rudd to rally troops for an early election | The Australian

Kevin Rudd will put his Labor colleagues on alert for an imminent election as he assembles the federal caucus in Sydney today to prepare for a “tough campaign” in the wake of his policy shifts on border protection and climate change. The Prime Minister is expected to overcome objections to the severity of his new policy on asylum-seekers to gain a show of support for the “no settlement” regime despite doubts among some of the party’s Left faction. Amid talk within the caucus that the federal election would be held on August 31, party members reported a positive response from voters to the Papua New Guinea solution to asylum-seekers over the weekend.