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Thursday, 7 December 1905
Page: 6424

Clause 6 -

(1)   If before the Minister approves the terms of the contract the contract immigrant lands in Australia -

(4)   the contract immigrant is liable to a penalty not exceeding Five pounds;

(d)   the employer shall pay to the contract immigrant such specified sum of money (not exceeding Fifty pounds) as the Minister thinks sufficient, either to maintain the contract immigrant until he can be reasonably expected to find suitable employment or at the option of the contract immigrant to enable him to return to the country whence he came. The sum, when specified in writing by the Minister, shall be recoverable by the contract immigrant, or by the Minister for him.

(2)   The foregoing provisions of this section do notapply where the contract immigrant -

(4)   lands under a bond to the Commonwealth in such sum, with such sureties, and conditioned to be void in such events as the Minister approves.

Mr. JOHNSON(Lang).- On behalf of the honorable member for Corinella, I move -

That paragraph b, of sub-clause 1, be left out.

Obviously a man who may be perfectly innocent of any desire to commit an offence, and who could not be expected to know the laws of the country of which he was not a citizen, should not be mulcted in a fine.

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