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  NEW  GAMBLING  CRUSADE

  MR JUDKINS  EMPHATIC

THE  POLICE  ADMINISTRATION

    A fresh campaign against gambling was begun by Mr WH Judkins in Wesley Church yesterday afternoon. At the same time Mr Judkins gave “The church’s view of the Prime Minister’s dictum that social reformers, instead of seeking the prohibition of morally undesirable things, should educate the public to their disuse.” There was a crowded congregation.
    Mr Judkins  said that the prime function of Parliament was to protect the people, and laws indicated the road upon which the community must travel whether it liked it or not, and when the Prime Minister (Mr Fisher) was asked that the importation of certain picture films should be forbidden,  it simply meant that Parliament should be called  upon to exercise its great prerogative of protection.  When the Prime Minister said that the social reform committee should educate the people to such a point that they should not countenance anything that was degrading, it was just as if  when a steamer with smallpox cases aboard arrived in the Heads, someone was to say, “Why don’t you let them in, and make your own people so healthy that they wont catch smallpox.” (Laughter and applause.)  And supposing he were to say to the Prime Minister, “I entirely disagree with you on the question of giving preference to unionists? Why make this prohibition? Why not educate the community up to such a point that they would not employ non-unionists?” (Applause)
    “The Argus” said that it knew of the existence of a certain gaming school in the city. He certainly knew of the existence of one, although he had had no communication with “The Argus”  on the question. A member of the police force had interviewed him and asked him to tell where the school was and because he declined he was accused of assisting law-breakers. For some years past the social reform party had been doing their best to get the police department to do its duty, but without effect. A few weeks ago he informed the department of the existence of two-up schools in the western suburbs, and was coolly informed that there were no such things as two-up schools in Melbourne. (Laughter)
    The Rev. JH Cain - I found one at the corner of a street coming down this afternoon. (Laughter)
    Mr Judkins - Where were the police?  Possibly they would be running down to Mr Cain tomorrow to know where that school existed. (Laughter) His hearers all knew of the gambling that went on in Bourke street.  They saw records going down, but, of course, they presumed the man was making his will. (Laughter)  They saw money being paid over, but possibly it was in payment of a loan. (Laughter) And they saw an officer of the Law a few feet away. But the police could not see what was going on. Cavalier treatment had always been meted out to the social reform party when they quoted  specific cases of wrong doing, and was it any wonder that they did not come forward to assist the department? There was enough gambling going on in the area which was included between Swanston Street and Spring Street on the west and east, and Lonsdale Street and Flinders Street on the north and south, to ruin the reputation of any police commissioner. (Applause) If the man who was in charge were determined that the evil should be put down, then it was as easy as winking. They entered their protest that  afternoon against the kind of administration that would let the evil continue. He was not going to act as a private detective for the police department. There were in their midst enough things that were vile and foul to demand the utmost vigilance  and care of the police department, and yet those things remained, and the fact that they remained was a reproach to the man responsible for them.  These matters were not to be allowed to rest. If they did not move to get this supineness removed, it would be all the more difficult to do so in 25 years. He invoked aid of everybody to stand side by side  in this struggle, right against wrong, and then there would soon come a day when they would have the giant of supineness writhing in their grasp upon the ground, and the community triumphant. (Applause)
 

From   The Argus 8th August 1910   page 7

 

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