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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - There is no desire to hit anybody. The Bill provides for all offences which may be committed against the Commonwealth. A most serious offence may be committed if we permit intimidation and violence with a view to the prevention of the free exercise of political rights. I was inclined to treat Senator Barker's objection to it as a joke.

Senator McDougall - Why the penalty of three years' imprisonment?

Senator GARDINER - That is the maximum penalty, and I would point out that it may be necessary to deal with a most serious offence.

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