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Friday, 19 May 1939


Mr NAIRN (Perth) .- I bring under the notice of the Government the case of a young Chinese named Peter Kara Yen Wong, of Perth, who has received notice, under the Immigration Act, to leave Australia by the 30th June next. This young man came to Australia at the age of two years with his mother, who was permitted to join her husband here for a period. His younger brothers, who were born while she was in Australia, apparently do not come under the act. The boy, Peter, was permitted to remain here and be educated in our schools. He passed through the Perth Boys' School and entered the Technical College, Perth, some years ago, first as a day student in the commercial classes, and later as an evening student in accountancy. He passed all his examinations successfully. I am informed by the Assistant Superintendent of Technical Education in Western Australia that -

This lad has developed under our State educational system and is regarded by his teachers as a youth of very high character. Ho is a manly type, and is painstaking, industrious and capable. His mother's people, lie informs mc, live in Western China and it is at present practically impossible to get through the Japanese-controlled territory to them.

If the circumstances are as stated, it would be cruel to deport this youth. We have, I hope, largely ridded ourselves of our old policy of isolation and our tendency to regard every foreigner as inferior. Younger members of the lad's family, who were born in Australia, will be permitted to remain here. I am not one' of those who object to Chinese, provided they live up to the standard that they learn by living in Australia and being educated in our schools. I know many half- and quarter-bred Chinese who have become desirable citizens. They are capable of assimilation with our own people, and in the course of a generation or two it is difficult to distinguish them from people of European parentage. I appeal to the Attorney-General (Mr. Hughes) to examine this case with a view to a more reasonable application of the Immigration Act. It would be cruel to exclude this youth who so far- has been permitted to acquire the character of an Australian.







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