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Thursday, 9 August 1906

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - May I mention, Mr. Speaker, that I have laid on the Library table a copy of a short statement with reference to the Immigration Act This will meet a suggestion made in Parliament in consequence of a misleading notice having been placed on mail steamers and random allegations made elsewhere relative to our immigration laws. It is a very short notice, and will be headed by an outline map of Australia, giving some idea of its extent arid its railways. It puts in simple language the position in regard to our immigration law.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - What has been done with the notice?

Mr DEAKIN - We have been asked by the States to prepare for their immigration agents something which they can use for the guidance of those likely to come to Australia. This statement will meet that request.

Sitting suspended from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.

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