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Wednesday, 29 August 1906

Mr WILSON (Corangamite) .- This clause is more or less governed by clause 6.

Sir William Lyne - It governs clause


Mr WILSON - Clause 6 provides that any aboriginal native of Australia may be employed in these industries. The honorable gentleman must know that under this clause, aborigines, or half-caste Chinese, or kanakas will have to be paid the same wage as is paid to full-blooded white men.

Mr Storrer - Why should they not receive the same wage?

Mr WILSON - Surely the honorable member would not say that aboriginal natives of Australia should receive the same wage as full-blooded white men?

Mr Hutchison - In the shearing industry they receive the same wages.

Mr WILSON - It has been the custom for centuries to pay coloured men a lower wage than is paid to white men. How is the Minister, under these conditions, to determine what is the standard rate of wages ?

Sir William Lyne - There is a similar section in the Sugar Bounty Act, and no difficulty has arisen in connexion with it.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 6 (Employment of Aboriginals).

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