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Monday, 18 December 1905

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) - I move -

That the word " Black," line 3, be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word "Coloured'."

The Bounty Act of 1903 speaks of "labour other than white," which is a very much nicer expression that " black labour." It is very much to be regretted that at a time when we are trying to remove offensive words from our Acts, we should adopt the word " black " in defining what is meant by coloured labour under this Bill. I notice that in his report, Dr. Maxwell invariably uses the expression "coloured labour."

Senator Playford - It is used in contradistinction to white labour.

Senator PULSFORD - At a time when we are trying to make our legislation less offensive, it is needless to adopt an offensive word. A -number of the persons engaged in the sugar industry are not black, and, therefore, my amendment ought to be accepted by. the Government.

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