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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - This clause provides a penalty for a person who aids another person in lawful custody to escape or attempt to escape, but there is no provision for a penalty on the person escaping or attempting to escape. If a person has been convicted and escapes, or attempts to escape, he may be punished, but not when he is merely in lawful custody, as when waiting trial after committal.

Senator O'Keefe - My point is that imprisonment for five years is altogether too much in the case of an outside person who aids another to escape, while an officer of the gaol who similarly offends is liable to only two years' imprisonment.

Senator KEATING - From the clause it would appear that the person in lawful custody who escapes or attempts to escape may be doing something lawful, while a person who aids him is punishable.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Standing Orders suspended, and Bill passed through its remaining stages.

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