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Thursday, 7 December 1905
Page: 6505

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) - The Prime Minister will remember that during the second-reading debate, honorable members on this side suggested that in Committee we might well settle the difference of opinion as to method. Both sides are agreed practically to shut out contract immigrants under two different categories. But we on this side hold that we might very easily deal with any illegal contract in an ordinary Police Court, and with that one exception throw Australia open to the admission of white persons from over sea. The Government held that the adoption of that course was impracticable. I desire to test that question to-night. Should the division result in the defeat of the Government, will the Prime Minister consent to report progress, so that we may have an opportunity to recast the measure?

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