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Thursday, 23 November 1905

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) - In order that we may give an expression of opinion which shall not be liable to misconstruction, the motion requires amendment. I move -

That after the word " races," line 4, the following words be left out, " this Senate hereby affirms the desirability of a treaty being made under which all questions relating to emigration and immigration may be arranged."

If that amendment be carried, I shall move a second amendment, to omit the word "further" after "Senate" in line 7. The motion as it stands has been very cunningly contrived. If we vote against the whole motion we shall be taken to have acted in a manner hostile to Japan, as we shall have said that we do not wish to maintain the purity of the races, or friendship between this country and Japan. Honorable senators on this side are just as anxious as Senator Pulsford can be to maintain friendship with Japan.

Senator Clemons - I should like to know whether an amendment which is an absolute negation of the motion is in order.

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