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Wednesday, 12 October 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers are -

1.   Six are serving sentences of penal servitude.

2.   The respective offences, original sentences, and remissions granted are as follow ; -

(a)   Manslaughter, life, reduced to six years.

(b)   Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, five years, concurrent with two years for theft of money (over 1,000 francs) and jewellery from a French woman, nil.

(c)   Manslaughter, ten years, reduced to seven years.

(d)   Shooting with intent, and escaping from custody, 20 years, reduced to three years.

(e)   Robbery with violence (two chaTges), twelve years, reduced to five years.

(f)   Unlawfully and maliciously wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, four Years, nil.

3.   No.

4.   No. The civil Courts would not have jurisdiction. The proceedings of all the cases have been reviewed by the Solicitor-General.

5.   All these cases have received very careful consideration, and substantial and even generous remissions have been granted in the majority of the cases. In view of the very grave nature of the offences, which are of a civil, and not of a military, character, it is considered that compliance with the honorable senator's suggestion would not be in the public interest.

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