New Caledonia has been a French colony for over half a century. I am not aware what British rights in the islands the hon. Member refers to.
§ Mr. HUNT
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether he is aware that within the last twelve months 4,000 or more coloured workmen have been imported to work in the mines in New Caledonia by a company; and whether, in view of the fact 1019 that Australia is only four and a-half days by steam, he can say whether the French Government have taken any steps to prevent these men from getting away and landing in Australia contrary to the Australian Immigration Acts?
As far as I am aware, the numbers quoted in the hon. Member's question are much exaggerated. No representations on the subject have reached me from the Commonwealth Government, and I have no reason to suppose that that Government is unable to prevent evasion of its own laws.