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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7563

Senator NETTLE (New South Wales) (3.52 p.m.)—as amended, by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes its profound concern that Mr David Hicks and Mr Mamdouh Habib remain incarcerated in Camp X-Ray at Guantanemo Bay, Cuba, without having been charged or brought before the courts for trial;

(b) notes that Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, “No-one shall be subject to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”;

(c) recalls the commitment that the Minister for Defence and the Attorney-General made on 14 December 2001 that, “If Mr Hicks has committed a crime against Australian law, the Australian Government will do whatever is necessary to bring him to justice”; and

(d) calls on the Australian government as a matter of urgency to take whatever steps are required to return both Mr Hicks and Mr Habib to Australia to determine whether they should be freed or face trial, as is their right.

Question, as amended, agreed to.