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Wednesday, 29 August 1906


Mr DEAKIN (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) (Minister for External Affairs) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The concluding sentence of the report of the Chief Judicial Officer of the 17th January, 1906, is as follows: - "To shoot a man because he fails to go to the police 1 when called upon is essentially different from shooting him to prevent his escape, and could not in my opinion be. justified either under section 256 or otherwise."

2.   Yes.

3.   Not that I am aware of. In a despatch of the 18th January, 1906, Captain Barton stated " Mr. Monckton (Mr. Griffin's superior officer), will be duly apprised of the Chief Judicial Officer's opinion, and will be directed to act in accordance therewith in future."

4.   I presume so, as the Mr. Little who is nominated for the Council comes from Hie Yodda field.

5.   Yes, in pursuance of the recommendation of Mr. Monckton.

6.   I hope so. I have no reason for thinking that a difference of opinion more than a year old regarding the propriety of certain official action in respect to an escaped criminal will prevent Mr. Little from adequately representing the community to which he belongs.







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