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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) (3:59 AM) .- With Senator Elliott, I advanced arguments in support of the omission of these words from a similar provision in the Defence Bill, because I did not think it right to give to any outside authority the power to carry into effect the death penalty upon an Australian citizen without reference to the Commonwealth Executive Council. I must again raise my protest against the proposal embodied in this clause. I hope that on this occasion the Committee will agree that it is not right at any time or place that sentence of death should be carried out on an Australian soldier until it has been confirmed by the Executive of the Commonwealth.

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