Sunday, February 18, 2007


The neo- Stalin five year plan.

Rudd says PM responding to polls on Hicks

Federal Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd says he is not surprised the Prime Minister appears to be taking action on the case of Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks.

Hicks has been held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for five years and is in the process of being charged with attempted murder and providing material support for terrorism.

Prime Minister John Howard is reportedly working to bring Hicks home before the federal election.

Mr Rudd says with the Hicks case turning sour for the Government, the Prime Minister is trying to play catch-up.

“If six months before an election Mr Howard suddenly becomes more accommodating on the David Hicks affair, people will make up their own mind,” he said.

Mr Rudd says Mr Howard is responding to opinion polls.

“For the last several years, Mr Hicks has been in the too-hard basket for the Howard Government,” he said.

“Now with a federal election six months [away] and this turning sour on Mr Howard in the opinion polls, suddenly Mr Howard is activity squared.

“I’ll let the Australian people make their judgement on this.”

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