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Tuesday, 21 August 1906

Mr DEAKIN - If the honorable member moves for the production of the information asked for in questions 1 to 4 as a return, the Government will not oppose the motion. In answer to question 5, my attention has been drawn to the statement referred to. It was thought undesirable to take administrative action under section 8 of the Pacific Island Labourers Act until the Commission had concluded its very valuable and useful inquiry. Had the Commission not been appointed, the Government would have dealt with the kanakas who are out of employment. In reply to question 6, no justification exists for a charge 'of administrative neglect against the Government. Our policy is a well-considered one:

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