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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 663

Senator MURPHY (New South Wales) (Leader of the Opposition) - The general effect of this clause is that where the offence had been committed before, on or after the date of the Act, capital punishment would be removed and there would be a substitution of a sentence of imprisonment for life. Therefore it would not in any way detrimentally affect any case where that penalty had been imposed beforehand.

Proposed new sub-clause (4.) agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 3 agreed to.

Clause 4.

4.   Where by any Act, Regulation, Ordinance or other law it is provided that a person shall be liable to punishment of death, the reference to punishment of death shall be read, construed and applied as if the penalty of imprisonment for life were substituted therefor.

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