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Thursday, 15 July 1926

Senator McHUGH (South Australia) ; - I support the amendment. If the Government were wise, it would accept it. We have heard during this debate a good deal regarding multifarious matters, some of which are relevant to the bill, while others are, in my opinion, irrelevant. The outstanding point is that, if a commission is to be appointed, every unit in Australia should have representation upon it. We propose to invite people from the Old Land to come to Australia. I, as a member of the Labour party, will welcome every one who comes. When I heard some honorable senators opposite say that the Labour party was opposed to migration, I was more amused than annoyed. Senator Andrew, this afternoon, delivered a most extraordinary speech. Although I have the greatest admiration for every honorable senator, his was one of the most foolish speeches to which I have ever listened. I say advisedly that the Labour party has made it possible for the present Government to invite migrants to this country. Those who came out in the early days-

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The honorable senator is not dealing -with the amendment.

Senator McHUGH - I propose to connect my remarks with the amendment. We want upon this commission representatives of every section of the community. Those who came out here in the early days did not receive any assistance; they came because they had to leave their own country to seek better conditions. As time went on, they discovered that it was necessary for them to form labour organizations. Secondary industries were created, and Australia is to-day a secondary producing as well as a primary producing country. I submit that my remarks were not irrelevant when I said that those people who came out here in the early days wished to improve, not only their own condition, but also that of those who came after them.

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! I ask the honorable senator to confine bis remarks to the amendment.

Senator McHUGH - With all due deference, sir, I submit that my remarks are quite in order, as you will see if you will follow my line of argument. I am referring to the constitution of the commission. We should have upon it men who represent every section of the community. We have in this country scientific men, men who have a knowledge of the land and of secondary industries, and they are all men of character. The members of the commission must have the capacity to choose migrants who will be suitable for Australia. We require artisans for certain of our secondary industries. What would be the use of bringing out men and women who were not suitable for Australia ?

The CHAIRMAN - That has nothing to do with the amendment.

Senator McHUGH - I say that it has.

The CHAIRMAN - I rule that it has not.

Senator McHUGH - I am not opposed to bringing migrants to Australia. All I desire is that these who come here shall be given "a fair deal.

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! I have asked the honorable senator to observe order in debate, and he has refused to do so.

Senator McHUGH - I have not refused to do so.

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