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Wednesday, 13 December 1905


Mr LONSDALE (New England) - I think it would have been better to deal with the employment of half-castes in clause 9. Surely the descendants of the original owners of the soil of this continent have a right to be allowed to work on sugar plantations without getting a special permit from the Minister ! There have been a number of hard cases which have been brought to light, but which I cannot remember at this moment. It is an outrage that half-castes should be required to apply for a permit to work. We ought to show that we have a sense of justice and right, by allowing the descendants of the original owners of this country the right to work.


Sir William Lyne - This clause was specially inserted in order to provide for thesecases.


Mr LONSDALE - What is an "aboriginal"? The term does not mean a half-caste.


Sir William Lyne - What the honorable member wants is provided in the Bill.


Mr LONSDALE - If the Minister can point to a provision to the effect that the descendants of the aborigines can work upon sugar plantations without a permit, as a matter of right, I shall be content. What I wished to provide in clause 9, when I was "bluffed," was that the descendants of aboriginals should be allowed to work upon the plantations.







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