so tell me - where the hell is democracy????

  1. Yak
    13,672 Posts.
    60% of men and 53% of women are in favour yet it hasnt a snowball in hells chance, does it??

    Crean rejects death penalty polls
    By staff writers
    August 19, 2003

    FEDERAL Opposition Leader Simon Crean today said the latest public opinion poll on the reintroduction of the death penalty in Australia would not change his opposition to it.

    Mr Crean said he was opposed to the death penalty last time the debate raged in Australia and he was opposed to it now.

    "I can understand how public opinion is reflected the way it has been in today's news poll," Mr Crean told reporters outside the Triennial ACTU National Congress in Melbourne.

    "Look at the question; it was specifically targeted to terrorism in the wake of the Amrozi sentence and I think that public opinion needs to be seen in that context.

    "But I do not support the reintroduction of the death penalty in this country.

    Australians say terrorists should die
    By Steve Lewis
    August 19, 2003

    MOST Australians want the death sentence handed down for barbaric acts of terrorism in this country, despite capital punishment being outlawed by the Commonwealth 30 years ago.

    A majority also supports the death sentence handed down against Amrozi earlier this month for his role in the Bali bombings, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

    More than 35 years after Ronald Ryan became the last person to be executed in Australia, a special Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian last weekend, found 56 per cent want the death penalty introduced when major acts of terrorism are committed in Australia.

    Almost 40 per cent said they were strongly in favour of the death penalty.

    Thirty-six per cent embraced a more tolerant view, saying they opposed capital punishment.

    Australian males, in particular, supported capital punishment, with 60 per cent backing the death sentence, compared with 53 per cent of women.

    The strong backing for the death penalty was evenly spread across the various age groups. But a greater proportion of Coalition voters (64 per cent) than of Labor supporters (57 per cent) backed the death penalty.

    Support was considerably stronger among blue-collar voters, with 66 per cent backing the death penalty, compared with just under half of professional workers.

    The decision by an Indonesian court to sentence Amrozi to death for his part in the Bali bombing has provoked a fierce public debate.

    John Howard said the Australian Government would not intervene in the matter, insisting he was adopting a pragmatic position. Simon Crean offered immediate bipartisan support for the Prime Minister's position on the Amrozi verdict. But the Opposition Leader said he was resolutely opposed to the death penalty being introduced in Australia.

    Other political figures -- including several Labor MPs - were more outspoken, claiming the Amrozi death penalty should be opposed in principle.

    Democrats leader Andrew Bartlett labelled the Amrozi decision a "barbaric act".

    Labor backbencher Duncan Kerr suggested the decision would merely incite others to follow the Amrozi lead.

    But a strong majority of Australians believe the death penalty would be acceptable as a punishment for heinous crimes such as the Bali bombings.

    Newspoll found that only 23 per cent of those surveyed were strongly against the death penalty. Just 8 per cent said they did not have a view.

    Support for the death penalty for those found guilty of the Bali bombing was similar to the support for its introduction in Australia.

    Fifty seven per cent were in favour of the death penalty for those found guilty of the Bali bombings.

    Thirty three per cent were opposed to the death penalty handed down against Amrozi.

    A special service will be held in Denpasar on October 12 to mark the anniversary of the Bali blasts.
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