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Thursday, 7 December 1911


Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - When I made an interjection in regard to capital punishment, Senator Rae, in his usual forcible and courteous way, reminded me that it was entirely irrelevant. But from his own remarks when he was talking about capital punishment it seemed necessary to remind him that there are capital offences over which this Parliament has no jurisdiction. There are capital offences over which it has jurisdic tion; but the honorable senator was speaking, as far as I heard him,' with regard to capital offences generally. I agree with the Minister that we have -very properly constituted some capital offences under Federal jurisdiction, but that does not affect the question of capital offences outside our jurisdiction. I am inclined to think that the Minister is quite right in what he says, *and that mine was not altogether a senseless interjection, as Senator Rae has said, because he did not limit his remarks.


Senator Rae - It was a very savage and discourteous one.


Senator ST LEDGER - The fact that the honorable senator did not limit his remarks prompted me to make the interjection which I did. I hope that he will not be so impetuous in future. I think that sometimes this Parliament is not sufficiently sensitive of the different jurisdiction even on this very important point.







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