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Howard needs to tell the truth about Hicks.

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Senator Kerry Nettle Australian Greens Senator for New South Wales

Howard needs to tell the truth about Hicks

23rd Oct 07

John Howard must level with the Australian people about David Hicks Greens Senator Kerry Nettle said today.

Reports in the United States today cite an unnamed US military officer saying that a military staffer was present when Vice President Cheney interfered directly to seal Hicks's plea bargain deal. The report also says that Mr Cheney was acting on an agreement with the Prime Minister.

"These reports confirmed what The Greens said at the time, that David Hick's plea bargain was part of a political fix for the election."

"Unlike the UK, the Prime Minister failed to act for four long years and only constructed this deal when public opinion swung behind David Hicks."

"John Howard must level with the Australian people and reveal the exact nature of the deal he struck with Dick Cheney."

"The deal has also silenced David Hicks for the duration of the election."

"The planned control order for Mr Hicks is part of this strategy of preventing Mr Hicks from starting a new life and telling his story after his release in December."

"Enough is enough. Mr Hicks should be left to rebuild his life."