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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Mr BRYANT (WILLS, VICTORIA) - I direct my question to the Minister for Territories. It has been reported that 24 New Guinea natives have been sentenced to death at one trial. As capital punishment has been abolished in most Australian States, and generally Australian sentiment is opposed to it, and also as different laws appear to apply in different Commonwealth Territories in regard to the enforcement of capital punishment, will the

Minister introduce legislation to remove capital punishment from the statutes of the Territories under his control?

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