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Thursday, 16 June 1904

Mr BAMFORD (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister of External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Whether he is aware that it is asserted that many of the Japanese who are indented by certain companies engaged in the pearl-shelling industry of Torres Straits, ostensibly as divers and tenders, are really ship carpenters and sailmakers, and are employed as such by the said companies?

2.   Will he make inquiries as to the truth or otherwise of these assertions, and, if proved to be true, will he take the necessary steps to prevent what appears to be a contravention of paragraph h of section 3 of the Immigration Restriction Act?

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