Late last night, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had a win in the UK High Court: he can now appeal his extradition order to the United States.

Legal efforts to keep Assange from being sent to the US, where he potentially faces a 175-year jail term for publishing sensitive government documents, have been some of the most protracted in recent memory. Just getting complete permission to appeal took three highly publicised hearings.

As Holly Cullen explains, one of the key grounds for appeal is freedom of expression. And that’s what makes yesterday’s decision, and the appeal that will now follow, legally groundbreaking. Never before has a UK court, nor the European Court of Human Rights, decided whether a potential violation of freedom of expression can stop someone from being extradited.

While the decision will please Assange’s team and his many supporters, the extradition threat still looms. If the appeal, which is likely to be held later this year, is unsuccessful, he could still find himself in the US.

Meanwhile, closer to home, international students have found themselves accused by both sides of politics of putting undue pressure on the housing market. But is this fair? And will political plans to curtail international student numbers really help Australia fix its problem with housing availability and affordability?

University of South Australia researchers Hannah Soong and Guanglun Michael Mu have been studying international students in their state. They found that at least a quarter of SA students live in the Adelaide CBD, many in university accommodation, while others are scattered sparsely through the remaining suburbs, meaning it’s hard to see how they can be skewing the market all that much.

Soong and Mu found that like many Australian renters, international students are finding it expensive, difficult and stressful to secure a place to live. “This suggests they are experiencing the problems of Australia’s housing crisis. But it does not indicate they are causing it.”

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