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Howard shoud listen to Brigadier McDade on Hicks.

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Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales

Howard shoud listen to Brigadier McDade on Hicks

Senator Nettle, 2nd January 2006 Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today called on John Howard to listen to Brigadier McDade, director of the Australian Military Court, on the treatment of David Hicks, and called on all parliamentarians to back the Greens Bill to remove recognition of the US Military Commissions.

"John Howard should listen to the advice of our top military prosecutor rather than the prolonged excuses of the increasingly troubled Bush Administration," said Senator Nettle.

"David Hicks has been held for over five years now, in terrible conditions and with no prospect of a fair trial. The Brigadier is spot on in labelling his treatment 'abominable'.

"It is not good enough for the Prime Minister to shift his rhetoric slightly. He can and should act by picking up the phone and calling George Bush to ensure David Hicks is brought home.

"The Greens have introduced a Private Members Bill that would remove recognition of the flawed US Military Commissions from Australian law. Government backbenchers have an opportunity to signal their discontent about inaction on Hicks by voting for this bill when Parliament resumes".

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