The following is a quote from South Australian Senator Linda Kirk.
"David Hicks has been held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in a US military camp for 19 months, without trial or charge, in conditions that can only be
described as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
In March, I presented a petition to the Senate signed by over 1600 South Australians calling for a 'fair go' for Mr Hicks. This represented only a
small proportion of the growing number of
Australians who want the Government to demand justice for David Hicks.
Mr Hicks may or may not be a terrorist, but the birthright of all Australians is that their Government will fight for their legal rights when they are
imprisoned overseas. The Government should demand the same treatment for Australians as is received by citizens of the United States.
The only US combatant captured in Afghanistan, John Walker Lindh, was offered a criminal trial in the United States before a court with full legal
rights and due process in accordance with US law.
By contrast, one of our own citizens will face a military commission without any right to appeal. The commission will not be independent from the US
Government and will not operate under the standard rules of evidence. Mr Hicks will have a lawyer chosen for him by the US Government and his own
Australian lawyer will be limited to the role of a "consultant".
Just this week, Government Ministers have pre-empted the legal process by leaking alleged evidence to be used before the commission. If this selective
disclosure of evidence had happened prior to a criminal trial in Australia, the Ministers could have been found to be in
contempt of court."
Many survived the concentration camps of WWII, my wifes family were detained for many years in Poland, and now live in Australia...
As an Australian, I object to David Hicks being held in Guantanamo bay, given he's done the wrong thing, but as an Australian citizen and as
Australia is allied to the US he should be returned to Australia to face charges....