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Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Page: 8660

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (15:36): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently ruled that providing material support for terrorism was not a war crime between 1996 and 2001 and therefore could not support a conviction of Mr Salim Hamdan, and

   (ii) in 2007, Australian Mr David Hicks was convicted of this now invalid charge when he submitted an Alford plea through the United States military commission system; and

(b) calls on the Government to recognise that there is doubt regarding the validity of Mr Hicks’ conviction.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Wright be agreed to.