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Thursday, 31 October 1912

Senator McGREGOR - My attention was incidentally called to some remarks by the Leader of the Opposition, but ' I think he conveyed an erroneous impression. When the Northern Territory was taken over by the Commonwealth, there were nine Chinese employed by the Government of South Australia, and that number has been reduced to six. There are four Chinese employed in the hospitals, namely, a cook, a dough-boy, a messenger, and a warder. Two Chinese are employed on the railway, namely, a carpenter at1s. 4d. an hour, and a sanitary employé at 15s. a week. No extra Chinese have been employed since the Commonwealth took over the Territory.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir AlbertGould. - What happened to the other three?

Senator McGREGOR - The Lord only knows.

Senator Chataway - Is the employe: who gets 1 5s. a week provided with rations and housing as well?

Senator McGREGOR - I cannot say, but I shall make inquiries.

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