Corpun file 13135
AAP General News (Australia), 9 March 2004
MP willing to be caned to get corporal punishment back
By Tim Clarke
PERTH, March 9 AAP - A West Australian One Nation MP has
offered to be the first recipient of a caning if it helps get
corporal punishment introduced onto the state's statute books.
Frank Hough last week called for the introduction of the cane, or
birch, as punishment for teenagers involved in drunken fights on
And today Mr Hough said he was willing to be the first recipient
of a caning if Premier Geoff Gallop made corporal punishment a
sentencing option for WA's judges before the end of the
"I believe in judicial corporal punishment. As a lawmaker,
I'm prepared to subject myself to any penalty that I would
prescribe as fitting punishment for any member of the public who
offends," said Mr Hough, who is also One Nation national
"In any justice system it's vitally important that justice
must be seen to be done.
Victims must be vindicated. The feedback I've received since
the suburban riots indicates the majority of Western Australians
feel the same way."
In recent weeks, there has been a series of battles in Perth
involving drunken youths and police, the biggest being when 3,000
youngsters were involved in a 90 minute confrontation with a riot
squad on Australia Day.
Last week, a 17-year-old partygoer at the centre of a riot in
Kalamunda, which left 11 police officers injured, walked free
from Perth Children's Court without being fined or jailed.
Mr Hough said a generation of "untouchable teenaged thugs
and criminals" deserved corporal punishment.
"This government needs to start punishing violent offenders
instead of good, law-abiding citizens. Properly applied corporal
punishment offers more than a method of punishment or a
deterrent," Mr Hough said.
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