HC Deb 19 March 1877 vol 233 c118

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, If it is the case that there is an Act now waiting for the Royal Assent, passed by the Government of Queensland, for the purpose of restricting the immigration of Chinese Coolies into that colony; and, if so, whether Her Majesty's Government would consent to the same?


Sir, a Bill subjecting Asiatic and African immigrants to special payments and obligations, but not purporting to be enacted for the purpose of restricting Chinese immigration, has been passed by the Parliament of Queensland and reserved by the Governor for the signification of the Queen's pleasure. Her Majesty will not be advised to assent to it in its present shape, as some of its provisions appear objectionable.