Source: The News Online
August 3, 2006
Article from: AAP
THE father of terrorist suspect David Hicks has been nominated as Australian father of the year by ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope.
Mr Stanhope compared Terry Hicks to Steve Waugh, Prime Minister John Howard and former leader Billy McMahon - all former fathers of the year.
The chief minister said Mr Hicks had stuck by his son, advocated justice and did it with grace - all qualities of a good dad.
"But the anguish of that news must have been nothing compared to the relentless pain and uncertainty that Terry Hicks has experienced every day since, as he tries, from afar, to support his son," Mr Stanhope said.
"That Terry Hicks has continued to behave during this terrible time with such public stoicism and courtesy and strength is a lesson to all."
He said it would have been all too easy for Terry Hicks to reveal his frustration over the lack of progress in the case and vent the anger that must at times have threatened to overwhelm him.
"At all times, however, he has remained a calm and dogged advocate for his son, a loving father prepared to stand by his child whatever the accusations, a father seeking nothing more or less than justice," Mr Stanhope said.
Adelaide-born Hicks, 30, has been held by US authorities at the detention centre in Cuba since he was captured with Taliban forces in Afghanistan in late 2001.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit war crimes, attempted murder and aiding and abetting the enemy.
The father of the year will be announced in September.