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Thursday, 14 July 1904

Mr HUGHES (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for External Affairs) - In reply to the question of the right honorable member, I desire to say that about a week ago, in answer to an inquiry by the honorable member for Herbert, I stated that no further permits would be issued to any coloured persons for the purpose of enabling them to engage in the pearling industry. That statement applies to the coloured aliens engaged in that industry on the northern shores of Australia, as well as to those employed at Thursday Island. No regulations have been made. Simple instructions have been sent by wire to the various officers at the different ports, to the effect that applications for permits must be referred to me. One such application has been received, and particulars are being asked for in connexion with it.

Sir John Forrest - Will the honorable gentleman lay a copy of the telegram upon the table?

Mr HUGHES - Certainly.

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