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Wednesday, 28 October 1914


Senator BAKHAP (Tasmania) . - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence whether there is any regulation in force dealing with defence matters which permits any Court in the Commonwealth to inflict capital punishment? I think that there should be. Under this Bill, the Courts have power to inflict only very nominal penalties for very grave offences.


Senator Pearce - The Crimes Bill, with which we were dealing before the adjournment for dinner, authorizes the imposition of the death penalty in some cases.


Senator BAKHAP - But is there any regulation in existence which permits of the death penalty being exacted for offences of a traitorous character, such, for example, as the disclosure of the departure overseas of our Expeditionary Force?







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