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WIFE DESERTERS.

DRASTIC MEASURES ADVOCATED. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) DUNEDIN, this day. Dr. Findlay, was interviewed to-day by Benevolent Trustees, who propounded a scheme for the confusion of wife deserters, "they proposed that a reciprocal arrangement be made with Australia whereby a "wife deserter from New Zealand could 'be Brought before .the Court there and dealt with for contempt of an order, the question of the order being prima facie evidence of everything but identification and ability to pay. This scheme would save much expense in bringing back deserters. It was pointed out, too, that when Government money was spent bringing men back, very often the wife was instrumental in nullifying everything by withdrawing the proceedings and getting the husband freed. Dr. Findlay promised to look into the scheme, of which he generally approved. He believed wife desertion should be a criminal offence. He would communicate with the commission of police with reference to the matter. Another important matter was helping to trace the man who left an aged fa£her or mother destitute. A third point raised was whether, any surplus money earned by a prisoner could not go to his wife and family. The Minister pointed out that there was no surplus money in any gaol. Auckland wae the nearest, and there the cost of keep over work done by prisoners was £10 a year. Such a scheme would involve a radical change in the prison system, and he was not prepared to say anything at present. The 'main suggested arrangement with Australia would, however, receive careful consideration.

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WIFE DESERTERS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 67, 19 March 1909

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