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Wednesday, 5 September 1928


Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) . - The Coates Government in New Zealand appointed a royal commission to inquire into economic and industrial matters, and after a full investigation, that body reported that migration was undesirable during a period of industrial depression. The Government, acting on the commission's advice, practically closed the doors of the Dominion against migrants. That was the action of a so-called Conservative Government. This Parliament inserted in its Immigration Act a provision enabling the Government in times of industrial depression to protect our own people by preventing foreigners from coming here to compete with them for work, but under the present administration that act has been practically a .dead letter. A Conservative Government in New Zealand recognized and did its duty, but the Commonwealth composite Government, supported by meek and lowly followers, who will swallow anything that their leaders offer them, refuses to take a stand in the interests of the Australian people, and is throwing the country open to foreigners, who are putting our own kith and kin out of their jobs.







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