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Wednesday, 6 December 1905
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Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Under this clause, masters, owners, agents, or charterers of vessels bringing prohibited immigrants to the Commonwealth must provide for their deportation on being required to do so. Section 8 of the principal Act, however, provides that -

Any person who is not a British subject, either natural-born or naturalized under a law of the United Kingdom or of the Commonwealth or of a State, and who is convicted of any crime of violence against the person, shall be liable, upon the expiration of any term of imprisonment imposed on him therefor, to be required to write out at dictation and sign in the presence of an officer a passage of fifty words in length in an European language, directed by the officer, and if he fail. to do so shall be deemed to be a prohibited immigrant, and shall be deported from the Commonwealth, pursuant to any order of the Minister.

It seems to me that, in view of that section, this clause should be amended, because it would be hardly fair to require those responsible for bringing such a person to the Commonwealth to pay for his deportation. Section 8 imposes a liability to which there seems to be no end.

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