As the Australian Federal Police inquiry announced its finding that neither Julian Assange nor Wikileaks have broken any Australian laws, the Australian Labor Party finds its public support slipping. According to an article in The Age, the opposition has overtaken the government for the first time since the federal election in August. Support for the coalition is up four per cent since the start of December, and support for the government is down four per cent. According to The Age:
The poll was conducted at the height of the WikiLeaks controversy, fuelled by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s assertion that the actions of Australian Julian Assange, the web site’s founder, were illegal.
In another article today The Age answers Prime Minister Julia Gillard attacks on Wikileaks by stating:
Ms Gillard cannot credibly claim that the Australian people did not need to know the contents of these cables. And she should be assured that The Age will keep publishing them.