most politicians opposed to death penalty

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    There has been widespread opposition from federal politicians to the re-introduction of the death penalty.

    A Newspoll survey has found 56 per cent of people questioned wanted the death penalty introduced for terrorist offences, while 38 per cent were opposed.

    It is official Government policy to oppose the death penalty and Labor leader Simon Crean has reiterated his opposition to capital punishment.

    The Democrats' Natasha Stott Despoja says it is the wrong time to debate the issue.

    "If we were to accede to that sentiment then we would actually be losing this so-called war on terrorism because we would be jeopardising the very thing that distinguishes us as a civil and democratic community," she said.

    But Liberal MP Alby Schultz says he favours capital punishment for terrorists.

    "I think there's a debate introduced on it, there's no doubt in my mind it would get up," he said.
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