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Wednesday, 6 December 1905
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Mr DAVID THOMSON (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - I regret that the Government have introduced legislation to amend the Alien Restriction Bill. At the last election every opportunity was- taken to decry that measure, and the opponents of the Labour Party made use of it against us. Having successfully defended ourselves in regard to it, why should we now allow it to be modified? Queensland will be the greatest sufferer if more aliens are permitted to enter the Commonwealth, because Chinese, and the people of the other coloured races, make for that State first. There is now in Queensland a great number of Chinese, Japanese, and other coloured aliens, living amidst all the filth and dirt imaginable, and why should that State be a receptacle for the black, brown, and brindles of the whole world? I shall oppose the motion for the second reading. We often hear of Chinese puzzles, but the measure seems to me to provide a Japanese puzzle. I cannot understand what language is to be used as the education test. Why should we substitute for an " European " language a " prescribed " language ? What language is to be prescribed? Is it to be the Japanese language? Those who support the Bill' appear to be favorable to the admission of Japanese to Australia because their nation has recently defeated Russia after a great struggle. That is no reason why we should be afraid of Japan. In my opinion, both the Russians and the Japanese are practically, except in their knowledge of civilized methods of warfare, though probably the Japanese are more civilized and humane than are the Russian's. "Still, that is no reason why we should admit them into Australia. I know the evils which have resulted from the admission of Japanese men, and especially of Japanese women, into Queensland, and it would be a disgrace to allow any more of them to come here. They do not come to Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia.

Mr Hutchison - We have a great many in the Northern Territory.

Mr DAVID THOMSON (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - Yes, but thev are more isolated there, and do not come as much into contact with white people as they do in Queensland. Round about Cairns, and in other places on the Herbert

River, we find that there are great numbers of Japanese, Chinese, and other blacks, browns, and brindles, engaged in the. sugar industry, and I do not wish their number to be increased. It is not the administration of the law by the present Government that we are afraid of, but its administration by future Governments. I am satisfied that if we amend the law in the manner proposed we shall find it difficult to preserve a White Australia. I, therefore, intend to oppose the second reading of the Bill. The Labour Party, which went to the country as the main supporters of that measure, came back stronger than ever, and I do not see why we should modify legislation of which the electors have approved. I do not believe in introducing any of the black races into Australia, and I shall certainly oppose any provisions in. the Bill that would have the effect of opening the door for them.

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