Scott Morrison has laughed off calls from Pamela Anderson to bring Julian Assange back to Australia and throw him a welcome home parade.
The former Baywatch star says the prime minister should lend his support to the WikiLeaks founder, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for six years.
In a message to Mr Morrison, Anderson said: "Defend your friend and get Julian his passport back and take him back to Australia and be proud of him and throw him a parade when he gets home."
Asked if he intended to heed the advice aired on the Nine Network's 60 Minutes, Mr Morrison chuckled loudly before replying: "No."
"I've had plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out with Pamela Anderson," he told Gold Coast radio station Hot Tomato FM.
"But putting that to one side, the serious issue is no, our position on that hasn't changed."
Mr Morrison said his government was acting on other issues Anderson had raised, including improving animal welfare standards in the live sheep export industry.
Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in 2012, after British courts ordered his extradition to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case.
The case was dropped but supporters have said Assange fears he could be extradited to the United States if he leaves the embassy over the publication of US diplomatic and military secrets by WikiLeaks.
Anderson also denied rumours she was anything more than a friend of Assange, but said they have a close bond which they describe as a "romantic struggle".
Australian Associated Press
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