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Friday, 4 October 1912

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - When I was in Bundaberg some years ago, at the time of a Show, I noticed three very pleasant-looking young girls. Somebody said to me, " Do you know what those girls are?" I said, "I suppose that they come from the south of Europe." " No," he said, " they are Australian quadroons. Their mother was a half-caste, and their father a German." They were just as nice-looking young persons as one would wish to see anywhere.

Senator McGregor - They would not be debarred.

Senator WALKER - Why not?

Senator McGregor - Because they are not half-castes ; because they are less than half-castes.

Senator WALKER - Their mother was a half-caste.

Senator Givens - But they are not halfcastes.

Senator WALKER - It is a very dangerous thingnot to have a proper definition. I certainly think that when an amending Bill is brought in we.should have a definition of " Asiatic."

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