Human rights advocates rally to support US whistleblower, saying if the government ‘consider themselves proponents of free speech they should let her in’

Australian human rights groups have rallied to support Chelsea Manning, deriding the proposal to ban the US whistleblower from entering Australia as a “political stunt” to appease the Trump administration.

The Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale, Labor equality spokeswoman Louise Pratt and numerous human rights groups lobbied the Morrison government on Thursday, arguing free speech means opponents of government policy should not be barred from entry.

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