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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 671

Senator HANNAN (Victoria) - I support Senator Wright's amendment which appears lo me to be a manifestly just provision to protect those who risk their lives io protect society. I recall having discussions in Melbourne with the staff of a prison a few years back. The circumstances of the case were, that a policeman had been murdered in Caulfield in particularly revolting circumstances. The criminal wa.s apprehended, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The warders whose duty it was lo guard this man were, on 2 subsequent occasions, murderously attacked - in one case with a knife and in /mother with an implement. So, there was no penalty whatever to deter this life sentence murderer from taking such revenge or such action as he saw fit against tho.>e people in society who were discharging their duty of protecting the rest of the community.

I refer now to the fact that the London police force, which of course is directly concerned with the murder rate in that large city, realising that the death penalty has been not abolished but suspended for an experimental period in England has requested the Government to restore the death penalty in the case of the murder of policemen. Why? Because since the death penalty was lifted the murder rate against policemen has increased by 500 per cent; 5 times as many policemen were murdered after the suspension of the death penalty as previously. 1 join with Senator Wright in supporting this amendment, whatever may bc said about the rest of the Bill. 1 do not propose to go back over that. The Committee has spoken on that. But I believe that justice would be served if Senator Wright's amendment were accepted by the Committee.

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