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Thursday, 26 September 1912

Senator O'KEEFE (TASMANIA) - Arising out of the answer to the question, I wish to know whether the Federal authorities have any power to cause intending immigrants to Australia to submit themselves to any examination at the port of embarkation, and, if so, whether it is done?

Senator McGREGOR - I can hardly give a definite answer to the question. The honorable senator will understand that as the Commonwealth is not promoting any immigration it is the officers of the States who would have to see to the examination of persons. All that we can do is to prohibit the landing of certain persons under the Immigration Restriction Act, or the Quarantine Act, and that is being done as far as possible. There are several classes of immigrants coming to Australia, namely, assisted immigrants, immigrants by nomination, and those who do not come within these two categories, and it is only the officers under the Quarantine or the Immigration Restriction Act who can investigate their condition.

Senator O'Keefe - There are a lot of weeds coming into Australia under the Immigration Restriction Act.

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