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Friday, 15 December 1905

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) - I, too, would prefer Senator Givens to withdraw paragraph d, but not for the same reason as that advanced by Senator Pearce. I do not anticipate that there will be so many contract labourers introduced into Australia as to make the annual return so very bulky ; otherwise I should certainly not have supported the Bill.

Senator CROFT(Western Australia).The paragraph might be amended so as to secure that the return would not be so bulky as anticipated by Senator Pearce. There is no doubt, however, that this information ought to be submitted to us annually. Statements and counter-statements are made as to what really occurred in the case of the six hatters, in connexion with which there is no official document, other than that read by Senator Henderson yesterday. We ought to have some official information from time to time as to the treatment of contract immigrants.

Senator Playford - As to their treat ment ?

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