David Hicks' experiences during those years are now well-known but the facts about his incarceration and treatment, at the hands of our US ally, remain horrifying. He was subject to years of incarceration without charge and experienced systematically cruel and degrading treatment, all with the full complicity of his own government.
As Australians, we rightfully expect our government to apply the law fairly and consistently and protect our fundamental rights as citizens, irrespective of whoever - or wherever - we may be. This is the 'rule of law', a central tenet of any democracy.
The Greens have worked tirelessly on this issue, seeking support for an independent inquiry into the former Australian Government's role in David Hicks' detention, treatment and unfair trial.
As citizens we have a right to know how this breach of trust occurred, and that it will not be repeated.