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Wednesday, 6 December 1905


Mr FRAZER (for Mr. Mahon) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether his attention has been directed to recent reports of the Comptroller for Prisons, Western Australia, and especially to the following passages therein : -

(a)   " There were ninety-five convicts undergoing sentences of penal servitude in the various gaols and at large under the ticket-of-leave regulations in the different districts ; nineteen had originally been sent from England as Imperial convicts, and of these eleven were still under life sentence imposed from thirty-five to forty years ago. Repeated applications have been made to the authorities in England with a view to obtain for these men a remission of their sentences, but without avail.

(b)   " At the end of 1902 there were ninetyfive men undergoing penal servitude in Western Australia, and on the same day in 1903 there were but seventy-nine. Eighteen of these had been originally sent from England as convicts, nine being still undergoing life sentences imposed in that country from thirtyseven to forty-two years ago"?

2.   In view of the lengthy incarceration of the life prisoners referred to in these extracts,' and other circumstances, will the Prime Minister suggest to. the Imperial authorities the desirability of liberating these men?







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