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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr CROUCH (CORIO, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether the Fiji Islands are included amongst those British Islands in the Pacific with which the Constitution gives authority to the Commonwealth to eventually deal ?

2.   Whether it is proposed to exercise such control?

3.   Whether his attention has been drawn to the Agent-General's report on Fiji published in the London Times of 13th July, 1906, in which it appears that the imported Indian coolies had increased from 17,105 in 1901 to 22,790 in 1904, and 25,009 in 1905, whilst the Fijians have decreased by 4,000 in same period ?

4.   Whether this condition of things does not demand an immediate decision by the Commonwealth authorities as to their future relations with Fiji ?

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