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Thursday, 16 November 1905

Senator PULSFORD (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister of External Affairs, upon notice -

Referring to the answer given to a question by Senator Staniforth Smith on 14th November -

1.   Is it not a fact that during the progress of the debates on the Immigration Restriction Act, both the Consul-General for Japan in Australia, and the Ambassador for Japan in London, made it clear that the terms of the Act were viewed with pain and regret in Japan, and that such representations in both cases were known to be made under instructions from the Government of Japan?

2.   Further, is there any reason to doubt the accuracy of the cable message, dated 25th October, 1905, which, referring to a statement made by Viscount Hayashi, the Japanese Ambassador in London, concluded with the remark that the generality of the people of Japan "believed that their feelings were intentionally wounded by those responsible for the Government of Australia "?

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