THE father of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in Bendigo calling for support to release his imprisoned son.
Mr Assange is being held in an English jail awaiting a United States appeal, after a judge refused his extradition to the US on the basis of his poor health.
The US wants Mr Assange to be trialled on charges of spying and hacking relating to information released through Wikileaks.
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Mr Assange's father John Shipton and members of the Central Victorian Home Run for Julian group were stationed outside Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chester's office on Tuesday morning.
They also spent some time outside the Bendigo Law Courts as part of the national tour.
"There are two purposes," Mr Shipton said. "The first is that the support for Julian is from the bottom up. It percolate up into parliament so we have to say thanks.
"The second is to bring about more people joining and insisting that Julian returns home to Victoria."
Mr Shipton said the group would be moving through Victoria and NSW on their way to Canberra.
He said while there were no planned meetings with Ms Chesters, the group would be discussing Mr Assange's case with federal politicians.
"We have a meeting in Canberra," Mr Shipton said. "There are 24 members of the Assange cross-party parliamentary committee.
"A powerful mixed party group that supports Julian's return home to us."
Mr Shipton will be going to Albury on Wednesday to continue the tour.
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