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Thursday, 23 June 1904

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) - I do not quite understand the concluding period of the honorable member for Kennedy. But I should like to tackle the broader question that has been raised by the honorable and learned member for Ballarat. It seems to me that if there is one thing in particular that this country is crying out for, it is an increase of population.

Mr Brown - We cannot feed the people we have got here.

Mr KELLY - If that is true, it is due to some extent to the legislation which the honorable member had assisted to pass. We are making the place too hot for them.

Mr O'Malley - They are going to other places where it is much hotter.

Mr KELLY - These Italians are to be brought out to assist in carrying on an industry which is able to endure even the policv advocated by the honorable member. What I rose specially to say is that in dealing with this question of the immigration of Southern European races, there is an object lesson before us in the experiIence of the United States of America. ]

Honorable members are aware that there has been a very large immigration of Italians to that country, and it is very much to be regretted that when we are discussing the advisability of applying the restrictions imposed by the Immigration Restriction Act to them, the experience of the United States in this regard should not be placed before us. I hope that before the debate on this question is brought to a close, some honorable member who has a special knowledge of the question will put before the House the experience of the United States of America in the matter of the -presence in an Anglo-Saxon community of a large number of Italians.

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