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Wednesday, 13 November 1912

Mr SINCLAIR (Moreton) . - I should like the Minister to explain how it is that such a large number of. Chinese and Japanese are coming into Australia. It is recorded that during the first half of this year 789 Chinese and 408 Japanese, or in all 1,197 Asiatics, came to Australia, and that during the second half of last year 716 Chinese and 281 Japanese, or in all 1,001 Asiatics were admitted, making a total of 2,198 for the year. This seems to be a very large increase on any previous figures. The departures have not increased ; in fact, the Immigration Restriction Act is not fulfilling the object for' which it was passed.

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