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Ruddock must act on Hicks now.

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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Democrats Senator for South Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Attorney Generals

Dated: 28 July 2006

Press Release Number: vfyocyoj Portfolio: Attorney General & Justice Related: Attorney Generals

Ruddock must act on Hicks now

The Australian Democrats have supported the State and Territory Attorneys-General in their call for the Federal Attorney-General to expedite the Hicks case, but are concerned the timeline of six months could be too long.

"Mr Hicks has already been incarcerated for four and a half years and an extra six months would bring his term to five years," Democrats Attorney-Generals Spokesperson Senator Natasha Stott Despoja said.

"This would mean that an Australian citizen would be looking down the barrel of half a decade of being deprived of his legal rights.

"Attorney-General Ruddock has tried to deflect criticism of his handling of the Hicks case by stating that he was assured by US Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales this morning that the US is making progress in bringing David Hicks to trial. Exactly what progress? When will this happen and under what conditions?

"We call upon the Australian Government to immediately repatriate David Hicks.

"Mr Hicks is an Australian responsibility, not an American responsibility.

"This has nothing to do with the state of Australia's legal inadequacies and everything to do with a very definite lack of political will on behalf of the Federal Attorney-General," Senator Stott Despoja said.