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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I have no wish to delay the Committee unnecessarily, but t wish to quote from a Queensland newspaper statements in corroboration of that made by Senator Senior.

Senator Reid - What newspaper does the honorable senator propose to quote from?

Senator GARDINER - From the Dalby Herald.

Senator Reid - Then it must be areprint from another newspaper.

Senator GARDINER - That may be so, but it corroborates the statement which was made by Senator Senior. The Dalby Herald says -

In the grazing industry- the united graziers employ 700 coloured aliens, and in the sugar industry 2,000 coloured aliens, are employed to-day.

I will stop the quotation at that, because I venture to say that if coloured aliens are employed in growing sugar they are also employed in growing maize.

Senator Crawford - An Act of Parliament prohibits their employment in the sugar industry, so that the statement quoted cannot be true.

Senator GARDINER - The Arbitration Court award in Queensland permitted their employment in the sugar industry. I rose merely to corroborate Senator Senior's statement by a quotation from a Queensland newspaper. I say again that if 2,000 coloured aliens, are employed in cane-growing, it is quite certain that a number of them are also employed in maize-growing.

Request, as amended, agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Progress reported.

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