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Tuesday, 14 June 1904

Mr HUGHES (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for External Affairs) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : - 1 and 2. Yes, I understand that natives, par ticularly from the Western Division of British New Guinea, are employed as members of the crews of pearling vessels.

3.   I am not aware of any Japanese having, landed at Goode Island under agreement to the Clarke combination in violation of the Immigration Restricton Act. A certain number of Japanese are, however, landed under the supervision of officers administering the Act at Thursday Island, for the purpose of signing articles as members of the crews of pearling vessels, under bonds that they shall be returned to their homes at the expiration of their agreements.

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