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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) .- I move-

That the words " or of a State " be left out.

The punishment proposed to be meted out to an offender seems somewhat vague, but it does not convey to me the idea, that, when convicted a second time, he will get double the maximum penalty. A man who offends a second or third time should certainly be punished more severely than the man who offends only once. Some persons are more properly described as human hyenas, who should be locked up all the time. They have no sense of the rights or property of other people, and the proposal to deal with them more drastically than with first offenders is quite right. Later clauses dealing with that phase of the question will have my support.

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