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Wednesday, 11 May 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - It will be remembered that the Minister (Senator Pearce), when speaking to this clause, said he would like to get the opinion of the Committee as to the right of appeal which a considerable section of honorable senators think should be given to the soldiers. I would prefer to see the penalty of murder described as " wilful " murder, and that sentences for any of the other offences, which may be regarded as really military offences, should not be carried into effect unless confirmed by the Governor-General in Australia. This would retain the right to appeal except in cases of wilful murder. I think my purpose will be attained by moving to insert after " except for " the words " wilful murder."

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