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Friday, 15 December 1905

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) - I hope that Senator Pearce will not accept the whole of the amendments suggested. I have no objection to the elimination of the words "or is likely to be," or to the omission of the second sub-clause, but, in my opinion, the amendment now moved for the insertion of the word "wilfully" vitiates the whole clause. It should be necessary to prove merely that what is set out in the clause was done. The injury is done to the intending immigrant, whether it is done wilfully or not, and it is "right that employers should have some reason to fear the consequences if they make any misrepresentations of the kind suggested.

Senator Keating - The contract immigrant would have a civil remedy.

Senator GIVENS - I am aware of that. Presumably, the contract immigrant would not have enough money to pav his passage out and to maintain him while he was looking for work, and that would be the reason why he was willing to come out as a contract immigrant. In the circumstances, of what use to him would a civil remedy be? He would land unknown in this country; he might be opposed by a powerful combination of employers-we know the proverbial law's delays -and he would have no means to engage counsel, or to fight the powers pitted against him by the other side. It is, therefore, idle to talk of his civil remedy. The amendment, if accepted, will render the clause useless.

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