Brian Walters from Liberty Victoria giving the Leading Light address
Brian Walters, President of Liberty Victoria, lambasted the Howard Government for numerous examples of the denigration of human rights and civil liberties in Australia at the annual Eureka Lantern Dawn Walk. The organisers of the Eureka Dawn Lantern Walk appoint a person to highlight current issues on rights and liberties every year.
In 2004 Terry Hicks, the father of David Hicks presently incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay by the USA, was the leading light and proved a controversial figure with Howard and Steven Bracks calling for the withdrawal of the appointment. In the resulting debate it was highlighted that their was a Hicks on the diggings at Eureka and Terry Hicks and his son David are “sons of Eureka”. The political manourvres did not change the appointment, but creative director of the event for several years, Graeme Dunstan, was dropped from the event organisation for 2005.