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Agency ID1855
TitleSugar Industry Labour Commission (1906) (Pacific Islanders)
Agency TypeCommission of Inquiry
Start Date 2/4/1906
End Date 30/6/1906
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Inquiry into deportation of Pacific Islanders

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10569Papers of the Sugar Industry Labour Commission 9/3/1906 30/6/1906
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112Chief Secretary's Department 2/4/1906 30/6/1906
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1906, Vol LXXXVI, No 82, p.1199
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1906, Vol II, pp. 452-466
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On 2 April 1906 Commissioners were appointed to inquire into the number of Pacific Islanders to be deported following the enactment of Commonwealth legislation, and to make recommendations regarding their repatriation to their islands. The Commission was also instructed to make recommendations regarding those "whose compulsory deportation would be inconsistent with humanity or good faith", and to consider whether there was sufficient labour for carrying on the Sugar Industry, and the best means of supplying the deficiency.

The inquiry held 40 sittings at 27 centres from Nerang to Port Douglas and heard evidence and spoke to witnesses representing government, farmers' groups and labourers. As well as its recommendations related to the numbers to be repatriated and the procedures to be followed in doing so, the Inquiry established criteria for exempting some Islanders from deportation, and made suggestions regarding labour in the Sugar Industry. The Commissioners' report was presented to Parliament on 30 June 1906.
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Queensland State Archives Agency ID1855, Sugar Industry Labour Commission (1906) (Pacific Islanders)
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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