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Australia should act, British court backing Hicks

Ruddock should act on British court backing Hicks - Brown

Greens Leader Bob Brown says the Australian government should accept the inevitability of David Hicks becoming a British citizen and call on the United States to free Hicks from solitary confinement in preparation for his exit from Guantanamo Bay.

"This has been a sorry saga from the Howard government. It has devalued Australian citizenship," said Senator Brown.

"Both the United States and Britain have had their citizens freed from Guantanamo Bay. David Hicks has effectively been a political prisoner of the Howard government at the leisure of the Bush administration.

"He should be brought home now," Senator Brown said.

Senator Brown will hold a press conference in Hobart later this morning.

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