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1626 Petition regarding Chinese immigration from Y.S.W. Way Lee, on behalf of the Chinese in South Australia to the South Australian parliament

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Petition argues that exisiting Chinese immigration legislation is affecting Chinese individuals in unintended ways. It suggests the following changes:
- allow Chinese residents of South Australia unrestricted movement between South Australia and China
- allow permenant Chinese residents of South Australia to bring out one wife (and one female attendant for each wife) without restriction
- exempt all permanent Chinese residents of any colony in Australia from paying the poll tax on entering South Australia
- reduce the tonnage restriction from one Chinese passenger per 500 tons to one Chinese passenger per 100 tons.

The petition further requests that the ‘Triad of Secret Societies Suppression Bill’ before the House be broadened to include all dangerous and unlawful societies, to assist in the suppression of gambling dens in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Source: Parliamentary papers, South Australia, no.128 (1891) [Item courtesy of the State Library of South Australia]

Region: Date From: 1891 To: 1891
Northern Territory
South Australia

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