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Tuesday, 23 June 1903

Mr FISHER (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - The following paragraph appears in to-day's Argus : -

His Excellency the Governor-General (Lord Tennyson) suggested that the King should not assent to the Pacific Island Labourers Bill until the regulations to be framed under it were issued. The King did not, however, withhold theRoyal assent. The regulations governing the deportation of kanakas have not been prepared yet, but the Prime Minister states that they will be forthcoming when any are found necessary.

I wish to know from the Prime Minister if it is true that His Excellency the GovernorGeneral took the opportunity to suggest a certain course to the King without being so advised by his Ministers?

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