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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) .- The sum of £148,870 is set down for " Salaries and allowances as per schedule, page 1S9 ". The schedule includes a sum of £17,500 for " Payment to Department of Trade and Customs for services of officers under Immigration and Passport Acts ". I rose earlier to ask a question dealing with the methods employed to exclude undesirable immigrants from the Commonwealth. I agree that the Commonwealth should have the right to exclude from its territory persons who are considered undesirable; but it would appear that the present method of applying a dictation test to such persons is unsatisfactory, and should, be superseded by a better method. I should like to know whether a person who has passed a test in, say, the French language, may be forced to undergo a further examination in another language.

Senator Sir George Pearce - I rise to a point of order. This bill does not deal with the principles upon which the immigration law is administered. That matter is covered by the Immigration Restriction Act. This bill provides for the salaries of officers to carry out the law in regard to the admission of persons to Australia.

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