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Thursday, 15 August 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - It will be noticed that it is proposed in this clause to insert in the Act a number of new sections, to follow section 6. I propose to meet the argument of a great many parliamentary representatives and others that a jury should have a say in the decision as to the guilt or innocence of offenders. Beginning with proposed section 6j, and ending with proposed section 6n, I shall be prepared to introduce the word "indictable" before the word "offence." That will do away with any objection which may be in the minds of any honorable senators with respect to offenders being dealt with without the benefit of a jury to try their cases. In all these provisions, a heavy imprisonment is prescribed'.. The Government think that, in cases where imprisonment of a serious character is provided, the offenders should have the benefit of trial by jury. I, therefore, ask you-, sir, to submit the clause in parts.

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