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Friday, 21 October 1910

Senator PEARCE - In reply to this question which was asked a few days ago, I have received from the Minister of Trade and Customs the following communication : -

With reference to your inquiries regarding the number of South Sea Island Kanakas residing in Queensland, I beg to inform you the Collector, Queensland, advises that the Immigration Agent estimates the number at 1,400, including 300 estimated as remaining out of 865 granted State exemptions in 1884. The exemption conditions required the person to be over twenty-one years of age and to have resided in Queensland at least five years. No permits have been granted by the Queensland Government since 1884.

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