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Thursday, 24 March 1927

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - Under the Immigration Restriction Act owners of vessels employing coloured crews are liable to a penalty of £100 in respect of each member of the crew who deserts from the ship and remains in Australia. That penalty is invariably enforced, with the result that the shipping company concerned takes active steps to have the deserters arrested. Should it be successful, the fine is refunded, less any expenditure which has been incurred by the department. That accounts for the item to which the honorable senator has referred.

Schedule agreed to. Preamble and title agreed to.

Bill reported without request; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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