july memories / 17

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

17th July, 1925 : After three weeks of lengthy debate the Amending Immigration, or the Deportation Bill, was passed by the House of Representatives. Under the Bill people not born in Australia can be deported for offences against industrial laws. Its backers say it is aimed at British-born communists in the union movement. The Prime Minister, Mr Bruce, has been attacked by the Opposition for being British outlook and not in sympathy with the industrial motives of the Australian workers. The Attorney-General, Sir Littleton Groom, said the Bill was designed to cope with threats to the peace.

[I wonder if it still applies]

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