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Wednesday, 25 May 1904

Sir JOHN FORREST (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister of External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Has an officer been appointed to carry out the Immigration Restriction Act at Fremantle?

2.   Have instructions been issued to him ?

3.   Will every person landing at Fremantle, either to, remain in Western Australiaor en route, be interrogated as to his.ntentio:is to remain or to proceed further?

4.   Will the interrogation be to the people of all nations; and, if not, to what particular nations will it be made?

5.   Is the Minister aware that hundreds of people go on board the mail steamer as soon as she is berthed alongside the wharf at Fremantle, and that people on the ship immediately disembark ?

6.   Is this to be prevented in future ; and, if so, will it not necessitate much delay and inconvenience ?

7.   Is he aware of the procedure in other parts of the world to prevent undesirable persons entering the country - at New York, for instance?

8.   Does he consider the instructions he has issued will prove in any way inconvenient to the travelling public?

9.   Will he place a copy of the instructions on the table ?

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