* Scraping the bottom of the barrel: failed politician Stott Despoja seeks the limelight with convicted terrorist and Taliban by choice David Hicks and his pathetic father. What does that tell you about politicians?
*Â Of all the people in Australia to honor, why not pick out one who chose to be an al Qaeda recruit?
* Was she and Cornes escorted by a male relative? Did they cover their hair?Â No skin showing?
* Was alcohol consumed?
* And they wonder why they have no members in Federal Parliament now…
DAVID Hicks last night made his first public appearance since being released from jail in December, stepping out for drinks with departing Democrats senator Natasha Stott Despoja.
With his father, Terry, at his side, a relaxed Hicks sipped beer and chatted freely with guests at an Adelaide function to mark Ms Stott Despoja’s retirement from the Senate.
The confessed terrorism supporter left the fashionable Universal Wine Bar in Adelaide’s East End without breaking his silence with the media. “We’ve already told you, he’s not talking,” another companion said, before ushering Hicks away.
Hicks, who agreed to a gag order as part of his deal with US military prosecutors, has refused all media approaches for interview since his release.
Senator Stott Despoja said she had invited Terry Hicks to the function but declined to comment further.
* He wouldn’t have it any other way, and yes: that does appear to be Irans ‘First Lady’
* Does Stott Despoja realize that in Muhamad Dawouds world sheÂ would be under a burka?
The A-list crowd at her goodbye drinks included South Australian Treasurer Kevin Foley, state Solicitor-General Chris Kourakis QC, high-profile former Labor candidate Nicole Cornes and media personalities.
Senator Stott Despoja had been one of Hicks’s staunchest supporters during his long detention at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
On his release from Guantanamo Bay, she said his detention without trial had “diminished any threat” he posed and called continuing police control orders on his movements in Adelaide a “PR stunt”.
Terry Hicks has been previously approached by the Democrats to run as a candidate with them but he declined.
Dressed in a grey suit, Hicks spent about 90 minutes mingling with the crowd of 60.
Seeming at first to be minded by his father and other supporters, Hicks later left the group to stand alone.
His appearance at such a social event underlines his growing confidence just over a year after he was returned to Australia in a plea-bargain with the US military.
The 33-year-old had pleaded guilty to a charge of providing material support to Taliban and al-Qai’da terrorists in Afghanistan ahead of his transfer to an Adelaide prison in May last year, having served nearly six years in custody.
He was released from jail in December, but remains bound by control orders.