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Wednesday, 6 December 1905
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Mr CROUCH (Corio) - I should like to point out that, while it is possible for those connected with shipping to ascertain whether any intended immigrant is a lunatic, a coloured person, or suffering from an infections disease, and, therefore, a prohibited immigrant, it will be impossible for them to ascertain that men are prohibited immigrants by reason of their having been convicted of an offence within the preceding twelve months. I think that it is only fair that ship-owners should be exempted from such a heavy penalty as ,£100 if unknowingly they bring such immigrants. A little while ago, at the annual gathering of the Church Army in London, the Rev. W. Carlyle made the proud statement that during the previous, twelve months he had been able to send to Canada some 1,200 men, manyl of whom had been in gaol. There are a number of philanthropists in the old country who think they are doing a goad work in deporting criminals (from England to the Colonies. The ship-owners, however, in whose vessels such people are deported, should not be made responsible if they have no knowledge of the character of their passengers. Perhaps the Prime Minister will consider the matter.

Mr. DEAKIN(Ballarat- Minister of External Affairs). - I think that probablysome amendment will be required, and I shall have the matter looked into.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 13 agreed to.

Bill reported, with amendments.

Motion (by Mr. Deakin) agreed to -

That the Standing Orders be suspended to enable the Bill to pass through its remaining stage without delay.

Report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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