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Thursday, 30 November 1905

Assent reported.


Pearl Fishing Industry.

Debate resumed from 2nd November (vide page 4471), on motion by Senator Pearce -

That, in the opinion of this Senate, the time has arrived when, in order to effectively carry out the policy of " a White Australia" legislation should be introduced to provide for -

(a)   The cessation of the importation of coloured labour, under regulations, to carry on the pearl fishing industry in North Australia.

(b)   The return of the coloured labourers imported under agreement to work in the industry.

(c)   The assisting of the industry by bonus or otherwise to enable the replacement of the coloured labour by white labour.

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