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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1914. CLAPPING THEIR HANDS.

There would appear to be good reason for the " laughing . , and clapping of hands " which a cable in yesterday's " Guardian" stated that the trans-Atlantic shipping companies are indulging in at the prospect of the diversion of Australian immigrants" to Canada and the United States. The cause of this jubilation is the imposition of excessive restrictions upon immigrants to the"Commonwealth, and the assumption is that as in the minds of many of the citizens of the Homeland" Australia j ISTew Zealand the tide of iinmigri?-* tion to this Dominion will be checked by these absurd and hampering regulations. Reasonable supervision of those who seek to make their homes overseas is expected j and has hitherto been exercised; and so far.as New Zealand is concerned there is no occasion to cavil at the class of immigrants or'at their, physical fitness. In their fevei;ish: haste to people their vast uridecupied territories^ the States of the Commonwealth the suitability of their new citizens have not been over-particular as to as settlers, and the result has been that nearly 70 per cent, of those who arrived during the past two years have remained in the cities, thus helping to increase the difficulty of the problem of decentralisation. An example of this lack of proper selection was revealed some months ago," when a large party of Jewish lads was sent from London to |ake up land in the back-blocks 'of Victoria. Utterly unused, to f the conditions of life in the'country, arid totally unfitted for farming pursuits, within a month of their arrival every member of '{lie party had drifted to the- cities, where they soon found employment under conditions congenial to their natures and upbringing. Among those who are well acquainted with the work of encouraging emigration and of. selecting suitr able applicants at Home there is, however, a widespread feeling that nothing 1 short,of an Imperial Board of Emigration would have the prestige or responsibility necessary for the adequate distribution and direction of the thousands of emigrants-, who annually leave Great Britain^ For emigra T tion, as a growing;: factor.' in Imperial politics, deseryds, the specialised! attention which; only expert knowledge and responsible authority can -give * The whole subject is a. thorny one, and for the Antipodes it is becomingmore difficult to handle by reason of the greater allurements which Canada offers;, to immigrants to settle there. For that reason, therefore, the action of the Commonwealth authorities is all the more deplorable. The provision which makes the right of expulsion retrospective for.a period of three years ; '" must have vbeen evolved in the mind of an emigration official with excessive eugenistic belief's, in the hope-of' aiding Australia to realise her "racepurity " ideals. One might reasonably expect, as a companion regulation, one which required a guarantee that each addition to the population made on arrival in the country should be free from physical and mental defects. It is to be hoped that the protests of the Agents-Genera], who apparently were not consulted in the framing of the regulations, will have the effect of having them either abolished altogether, or at least modified so that no reasonable objection can be taken to them.

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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1914. CLAPPING THEIR HANDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1914. CLAPPING THEIR HANDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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