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    “What the government should do”  Mr  WH Judkins told a large audience in the Wesley Church, during an address on “The State and the Criminal,” yesterday afternoon, “is to retire the present chief commissioner of police on a pension.”  The audience applauded for a full minute, and a man in front interjected, “Why should he be compensated for the loss of his billet?”

    Mr Judkins said that he was only suggesting an easy way out of the trouble. It was a pity the government could not hear the applause which greeted his suggestion.

    A voice in the gallery announced that the audience could raise even more applause than it had at the first venture, and the hand clapping was resumed.

    Mr Judkins was speaking about the existence of evils, and a statement that had been made, that the temperance party, instead of seeking fresh reforms, should see that the laws at present in operation were carried out.  “Why should the temperance party do that dirty work?” asked Mr Judkins.  “A younger man and a more enthusiastic man, and a man more determined to see that the law is carried out should be appointed chief commissioner of police.  Another thing we want is a sympathetic Bench.”   Mr Judkins congratulated the Government upon its prison reform proposals, and expressed the hope that it would go further, and care for men who had been discharged.  Without desiring to make any general charge against the police, he would repeat that many men had been “bundled” back into crime through the mistaken intentions of the police.  It had been shown that 88 per cent of the men helped by the New South Wales Prisoners Aid Society had not returned to prison.  A similar institution was needed in Victoria. The state should also try to prevent the manufacture of criminals by the drink and gambling evils.

From:  THE ARGUS   Monday 13th June 1910


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