20["Asiatic Influx", The Hedland Advocate (Port Hedland, WA), Saturday 30 January 1909]

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At the present juncture there might be some reason in the claim of Broome pearlers for leniency in regard to men indentured for work solely afloat, and their claim for a chance to re-engage without sending time-expired men home first, will no doubt be fairly treated by the Minister; but not one reasonable man will be found to dispute the statement that abuses have been rampant in the past. Take, for instance, the bare-faced manner in which indentured men were allowed to engage in work ashore, as waiters, carpenters, etc., to the exclusion of whitemen. It is here where the shoe pinches for the true Australian.

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