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Wednesday, 28 September 1910


Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) - - I find that in the Merchant Shipping Act the penalty provided for this offence is a fine not exceeding £20, and there is no mention of an alternative of imprisonment. It is, therefore, evident that the penalty proposed in this Bill, for the prevention of this offence, is a very drastic one.


Senator Needham - It cannot be too drastic to prevent crimping.


Senator ST LEDGER - It is possible to be too drastic. A man named Draco went in for legislation at one time, and killed a place with this kind of thing, as a warning to all the world afterwards, though I should, perhaps, make an exception in the case of some people, who will never learn anything. There is included in this clause a penalty of imprisonment, which should prove a very powerful deterrent. If later, by experience, the penalties here proposed are found to be insufficient to prevent crimping, it will be possible for us to increase them. It is not wise to pass legislation of too drastic a character.







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