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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 658

Senator JESSOP (South Australia) - I wish to contribute to this debate to only a very minor degree. First of all, I deplore the attack that was made on Senator Greenwood by Senator James McClelland.

Senator Rae - Let us hope that he apologises.

Senator JESSOP - I hope that in all decency he will do so. I voted against this proposition, and I for one do not believe that we lake these actions lightly. 1 do not believe that we should take the responsibility of depriving someone of life on this planet: but I think there are one or two areas that warrant the retention of this penalty. I reflect on the comments made by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson) when he voiced that opinion. I rise to support what he said. There are certain occasions on which this penalty should be imposed. I think of a case in which a person rapes a young child and then disposes of her at the end of that depraved act. I think also of the headlines in the newspapers today which refer to a person who puts a bomb on an aircraft and jeopardises the lives of many people. 1 believe thai in' those areas we should take some action to make sure that there is a deterrent within thi; laws of this country. Tn all sincerity I believe that in most of these cases there is a way in which the death penalty can be obviated. But I rise at this stage really , in indignation at the way in which Senator James McClelland attacked Senator Greenwood.

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