Senate debates

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

MR David Hicks

3:40 pm

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by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i)   March 2007 marks the one year anniversary of Mr David Hicks’ solitary confinement,
(ii)   in less than 7 days, Mr Hicks will be forced to front up to a military commission process that is a sham, and
(iii)   the date for Mr Hicks’ Federal Court of Australia case against the Australian Government’s inaction to protect a citizen abroad has been set for 17 May 2007;
(b)   recognises the urgency for the Government to investigate reports that Mr Hicks was sedated forcibly before being told of the sworn charges against him; and
(c)   calls for independent health professionals to visit Guantanamo Bay immediately to assess, first hand, its conditions and the health of Mr Hicks.

Question put.