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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Question - That the words proposed to be left out of the amendment be left out - put. The Committee divided.






Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment of the amendment negatived.

Senator DOBSON(Tasmania). - The object is to get rid of the word " European " as far as we can, in order to meet the objections of the Japanese nation ; and I move -

That after the word " Act," where last occuring, the words " and the Japanese language " be inserted.

The Japanese language will then be side by side with European languages, although the latter are not mentioned. Without the amendment we shall be re-enacting, after hours of squabbling, the very words to which the Japanese nation object. Everybody knows perfectly well that the education test is so administered that even the greatest scholar on earth could not gain admission to Australia if we desired to keep him out. The only objection I have heard to the proposal I now make is that some day there may be in Australia, not only a Minister, but a whole Government, who will fly in the face of the people of the Commonwealth and undo the White Australia policy. I cannot conceive public opinion so changing as to make such an event possible. If my amendment be carried the test will be so administered that an undesirable Japanese will be examined in an European language,and thus excluded. There is no reason why we should not do what the Japanese expect we shall do. and what the Prime Minister, I understand, commenced to do.

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