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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator TURLEY (Queensland) . - Which is the greater crime, destroying or damaging Commonwealth property under clause 30, or seizing goods in Commonwealth custody under clause 31? In the first case the offender is liable to two years' imprisonment, and in the second to one year's imprisonment.

Senator Keating - The first may be the case of a boy destroying an insulator by throwing a stone, and the second Mr. Carruthers' case.

Senator TURLEY - I do not know whether the officials had in their minds the case of the Premier of New South Wales, who defied the Government and seized a lot of goods from the custody of the Commonwealth. Certainly the offences under this clause are just as bad as those under clause 30. Is the Minister satisfied that the punishment should be less ?

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