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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 671

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) (Minister for Works) - As no-one else is seeking the call, I rise to make only a brief remark. I am grateful to Senator Hannan for filling in the details as to what is happening in London. 1 knew that the matter was under reconsideration, but 1 am very grateful to him for the information on the police death rate. What I want to add is that in Canada, after repealing the death penalty en bloc, it was specifically restored in the case of prison warders and policemen in 1967. ft was restored by a specific Act passed after, debate. The only other thing I wish to say is that I take exception to Senator Murphy's statement that the Committee has resolved to abolish the death penalty without exception. The Senate has passed the second reading of this Bill; but I trust that the Committee will give consideration to all exceptions which have been circulated or which may be brought forward.

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