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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 676

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) (Minister for Works) - I move:

That the following clause be added to the Bill:

5.   This Act does not apply to or in relation to the offence of murder committed by a person undergoing imprisonment for the term of his natural life where the person murdered was a member of the Commonwealth Police Force or of the Police Force of a State or Territory of the Commonwealth, or a person employed in a prison or other place of custody of offenders.

Honourable senators will notice that the difference between this amendment and the previous one is that in this case the accused is already in prison for the term of his natural life. In the previous case the murderer was in prison on any offence. This proposal is intended to put to the test the extremity of the illogicality and irresponsibility of those honourable senators who have become emotionally attached to what I have heard referred to as an ideal and as a philosophy, neither of which occupies a very real consideration when a policeman is faced by a murderer, whether in prison or anywhere else.

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