Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks said George Brandis was a coward.

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks said George Brandis was a coward. Photo: Dallas Kilponen
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has heckled Federal Attorney-General George Brandis at an awards ceremony in Sydney.
"Hey, my name is David Hicks!" he shouted, as Senator Brandis wrapped up his address at a human rights awards function on Wednesday evening.
"I was tortured for five-and-a-half years in Guantanamo Bay in the full knowledge of your party! What do you have to say?"
Attorney-General George Brandis    George Brandis Photo: Andrew Meares
As Senator Brandis walked off the stage at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Mr Hicks told reporters he was a "coward" for not answering his question.
"He's run away," he said."It's too late - he's gone."
Senator Brandis was the keynote speaker at the Human Rights Awards ceremony in Sydney's CBD, where Holroyd High School principal Dorothy Hoddinott was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal.
Ms Hoddinott, who has guided hundreds of refugee and asylum-seeking children through her tenure at the western Sydney school, has accused the federal government of placing cruel limitations on child asylum seekers and of a "monumental passing of the buck" by offloading would-be refugees to other countries.
The incident with Mr Hicks overshadowed a number of announcements by Senator Brandis.
He declared earlier that all asylum seeker children would be released from Christmas Island by early 2015.
"Between now and Christmas, in other words, in the next two to three weeks, all of the children in detention on Christmas Island will be released from Christmas Island and will be returned to the community as soon as possible," he said to the applause of the packed crowd.
"All the children in detention will be released by the early months of next year."
AAP with Rick Feneley