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1246 Chinese merchants in Sydney complain about the imposition of the old Aliens Restriction Act and the new Immigration Restriction Act, 1901

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Short report on the approach made by Mei Quong Tart and the Directors of the Lin Yik Tong Society to Edward Barton asking for the repeal of the old Aliens Restriction Act as it was now replaced by the new Immigration Restriction Act.

Source: ‘Alien restriction and the Chinese’, Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 25/9/1901

Region: Date From: 1901 To: 1901
New South Wales - Sydney    

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The fact that no provision is made in the schedule of the Aliens Restriction Act, now before the Federal Parliament, for the repeal of the Chinese Restriction Act at present in force in N.S.W., is held by Chinese merchants in Sydney to indicate that Chinese wishing to come to this State after the passing of the Federal measure will be compelled to comply with the provisions of both Acts. Steps are accordingly being taken to protest against this. It is feared that, if the provisions of both acts are put into operation, a serious impediment will be placed in the way of the large and important trade now carried on between China and the different States in the Commonwealth. On Thursday last Mr. Quong Tart wrote to Mr. Barton, strongly protesting against the hardship that would be inflected on Chinese immigrants were the provisions of both Acts put into force. Mr. Tart made a strong appeal to Mr. Barton to exempt the Chinese from the provisions of the bill. A petition signed by the directors of the Lin Yik Tong Society, was also forwarded on Thursday to Mr. Barton and to the President of the Senate, urging that as the Chinese Restriction Act now in force in this State had proved amply sufficient to prevent any influx of Chinese, the provisions of the Aliens Restriction Act should not be applied to them.