Argument Against Capital Punishment in Australia

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Argumentative Essay on Capital Punishment in Australia

Capital punishment is barbaric and inhumane and should not be

re-introduced into Australia. Although capital punishment has been

abolished, the debate on this topic has never abated. When a

particularly heinous crime is committed, this debate arouses strong

passions on both sides. Many who advocate the abolition of capital

punishment consider the death penalty to be cruel and inhuman, while

those who favor of punishment by death see it as a form of just

retribution for the gravest of crimes. Determining whether Queensland

should re-introduce capital punishment as a sentence will be the focus

of this assignment.

Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is the

judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a

serious crime, often called a capital offence or a capital crime. In

those jurisdictions that practice capital punishment, its use is

usually restricted to a small number of criminal offences,

principally, treason and murder, that is, the deliberate premeditated

killing of another person. In the early 18th and 19th century the

death penalty was inflicted in many ways. Some ways were, crucifixion,

boiling in oil, drawing and quartering, impalement, beheading, burning

alive, crushing, tearing asunder, stoning and drowning. In the late

19th century the types of punishments were limited and only a few of

them remained permissible by law. In the 19th century capital

punishment was to only be inflicted by the methods such as hanging,

electrocution, the gas chamber, firing squad and lethal injection.

The history of capital punishment in Aust...

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In this essay, the author

  • Argues that capital punishment is barbaric and inhumane and should not be re-introduced into australia.
  • Explains that those who favor punishment by death see it as a form of just retribution for the gravest of crimes.
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