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Friday, 15 December 1905


Senator CROFT - Having made a statement which may reflect upon some honorable senators, I shall illustrate what I mean by pointing to the sequel - which may be seen from the notice-paper - to the passing of the Immigration Restriction Amendment Bill. Senator Pulsford, when referring to the clauses of the Bill sanctioning arrangements being made with foreign countries, has already asked -

Will the Department of External Affairs intimate to the Governments of India, Japan, and China that the Commonwealth of Australia is now prepared to consider such arrangements.


Senator Millen - That has nothing to do with the Contract Immigrants Bill.


Senator CROFT - No ; but having made astatement, and having been encouraged either to supply proof of its accuracy or to withdraw it, I point out that, having passed one Bill, Senator Pulsford is desirous of inviting the whole of the inhabitants of China and Japan who desire to come here to come.


Senator Millen - That is a most unwarranted statement.







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