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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Senator Playford - The amendment is only another subterfuge.

Senator DOBSON - It is, and it is proposed in lieu of the subterfuge which the Government ask us to swallow. The amendment is submitted with a view to placate the Japanese.

Senator Best - There is no subterfuge about Senator Dobson, because, according to his amendment, he wishes the Japanese to come into Australia.

Senator DOBSON - I have said over and over again that I do not desire the Japanese to come into Australia, and all my arguments have been in favour of their exclusion.

Senator PULSFORD(New South Wales). - I earnestly ask Senator Dobson not to press the amendment. Had the honorable senator proposed to add Asiatic languages there would have been some sense in the amendment.

Senator Dobson - If the honorable senator will move to insert the words " and Asiatic languages " I shall support him.

Senator PULSFORD - The word "European" has nowbeen removed.

Senator Dobson - It is as plain as the nose on the honorable senator's face that the tests will be in an European language.

Senator PULSFORD - By inserting the amendment we shall cast a slur on China and India.

Amendment of the amendment negatived.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Clause 4 agreed to.

Clause 5 (Liability of agents).

Senator PLAYFORD(South Australia - Minister of Defence). - I move -

That the words " and section 9 of the Principal Act is further amended by inserting after the word ' owner ' in the proviso the word 'agent,' " be left out.

Owing to clause 10, this portion of clause 5 is not required.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 6 to 11 agreed to.

Clause 12 -

After section 13 of the Principal Act the following sections are inserted : - 13A. The masters owners agents or charterers of a vessel in which a prohibited immigrant or a person other than a person deemed to be prohibited under section 8 of the Principal Act, who becomes a prohibited immigrant comes to the Commonwealth, shall, on being required in writing by any Collector of Customs so to do, without charge to the Commonwealth, provide a passage for the prohibited immigrant to the place whence he came, and shall also be liable to pay to the Commonwealth for the State a fan sum to recoup the State for the cost of keeping and maintaining the prohibited immigrant while awaiting his deportation from Australia.

Amendment (by Senator Playford) agreed to -

That the words "other than a person deemed to be prohibited under section 8 of the Principal Act who" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " who under section 3 or section 5 of this Act."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 13 and title agreed to.

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