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Thursday, 27 October 1904


Mr McDONALD (Kennedy) - Before this vote is put, I would suggest that it ought to be postponed until honorable members have had an opportunity to consider the last New Guinea report. Some very important matter is contained in it. For instance, I direct attention to the item concerning judicial proceedings. In the year 1898-9, 535 cases were tried, but in 1902-3 the number had increased to 1,269 cases.


Mr Reid - What cases were they?


Mr MCDONALD - They were both civil and criminal cases. But the important point is this : The official report, shows that eighty-one murders have been committed.


Mr Reid - It must be remembered that there are 50,000 of the wildest savages in New Guinea.


Mr McDONALD - Quite so; but the striking fact is that there has not been a single conviction for murder. Cases of murder seem to have been dealt with on the lighter charge of manslaughter. No matter whether it is a black man or a white man who is murdered, full justice ought to be done.







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