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Prime Minister John Howard has said he is satisfied with the US government implementing a retrospective law to charge Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks.
Although the federal government has long said Hicks cannot be charged retrospectively under Australian law, he is facing charges in the US on a law introduced five years after his arrest.
Labor's attorney-general spokesman Kelvin Thomson has said one of the charges, material support for terrorism, was not an offence until the US Military Commissions Act of 2006.