Federal Liberal MP Alby Schultz has called for the death penalty to be introduced in Australia for acts of terrorism.
A Newspoll published today in The Australian newspaper shows 56 percent of Australians support the reintroduction of the death penalty for major terrorist attacks in Australia.
Mr Schultz says he generally opposes capital punishment but says there are exceptional circumstances where it may be appropriate such as where people are killed in terrorist attacks.
But Federal Labor Leader Simon Crean says there are no circumstances in which he would support the reintroduction of the death penalty.
“I do not support the reintroduction of the death penalty in this country.
“I didn’t at the time the debate raged in this country many years ago and I don’t now and I won’t be supporting any initiatives that seek to introduce it.”
The Prime Minister John Howard called for a debate on capital punishment in the wake of the death sentence handed down to Bali bomber, Amrozi earlier this month.
But the Democrats leader, Senator Andrew Bartlett says politicians from all parties must stand firm against public pressure to reintroduce the death penalty.
“I don’t believe there is any valid case for reintroducing the death penalty.
“Australia moved away from that about 30 years ago and we recognise that an eye for an eye is not a good thing to base your justice system on and there are some fundamental human rights that we need to stand firm on, particularly at some of the difficult periods.”
Australia officially abolished capital punishment in 1985 with the last person to be executed, Ronald Ryan, hanged in 1967.