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Friday, 30 April 1915


Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member is, I think, going beyond the proper limits of a reply to a question.


Mr HUGHES - I desire to shortly complete my quotation -

When these men were asked whether they had any defence, George Loveless replied - " My lord, if we have violated any law, it was not done intentionally. We have injured no man's reputation, character, person, or property. We were uniting together to preserve ourselves, our wives, and our children from utter degradation and starvation. We challenge any man or number of men to prove that we have acted or intended to act different from the above statement."

Two days after this these men were again placed at the bar to receive sentence, and were told by the Judge - "That not for anything that we had done, or, as he could prove, we intended to do, but for an example to others he considered it his duty to pass the sentence of seven years' penal transportation across His Majesty's high seas upon each and every one of us.

They were transported.







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