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Wednesday, 25 May 1904


Mr WATKINS (NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to ask the

Minister of External Affairs, without notice, if the attention of the Government has been directed to the case of the Norwegian steamer Inger, which recently arrived in Sydney, manned by a Norwegian crew, under charter to the Pacific Island

Company for the express purpose of trading on the Australian coast and to" the Pacific Islands, and sailed on the 3rd- inst., leaving thirteen of her crew stranded ashore, without means of any sort, even their clothing having been taken away in the vessel. Is the Government aware that these thirteen men, who are unable to speak English, are entirely dependent upon charity ? Is it the intention of the Government to apply the provisions of the Immigration Restriction Act, No. 17 of 1901, to this case?







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