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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 677

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) -I again indicate thatI am not prepared to accept the proposed new clause 5. I reject it for the same reasons as I indicated earlier. There is no question about it that the crime that Senator Wright has included in this proposed new clause is a terrible one. But, although it is a terrible crime, the principle involved is still the same. However terrible it may be,I can imagine worse crimes.

Senator Little - There would have been only one worse and that would have been Hitler's extermination of the Jews.

Senator MURPHY -I could imagine other crimes which are just as terrible as those mentioned in the proposed clause.

Senator Little - Such as the placing of a bomb in a jumbo jet carrying women and children?

Senator MURPHY - Yes. One could imagine all sorts of things, such as poisoning the population of a city by introducing something into the city's water supply or the destruction of young children in a dreadful way. One could imagine worse crimes than these referred to by Senator Wright. I am not sugges ing that they are nol terrible crimes; they are. But the principle is clear. It is on that general basis that I oppose this proposition.

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