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THE ARRESTED IMMIGRANTS.

Soon after the Assembly met on .June (5 (we learn from the Sydney 'Telegraph') Sir Henry Parkes said he desired to explain a question brought under the notice of the House the previous evening, on the motion for adjournment, relating to the detention of two young girls who had arrived from Queensland. It was stated by the lion, gentleman who introduced the matter that the girls had been rather roughly treated. Ho w,t3 very glad to be able to say that the girl 3 one, he thought, twenty and the other seventeen—were treated in a very becoming and considerate manner by the [police, who had to discharge that disagreeable duty. They were never locked up at all, but simply detained in the company of their friends, and every consideration was shown to them on account of their youth. Their case was this:—The Government of Queenslaud, \vhich paid part of its revenue for the introduction of immigrants, brought these two young women to that colony at the public expense, and having found that persons so brought to the colony repeatedly left Queensland to come to this colony and to other places, some time ngo they passed an Act to prevent anyone hn light out at the public expense from leaving the colony until after a staled time, and they enacted a punishment —he believed extending to twelve menths' imprisonment for that oli'iiice ; to quote au expression from the I police report on the subject, they had actually " manufactured a new crime in this relation.''' Now, in the present state of things, the Government of this colony, as a Government in friendly intercourse with that of Queensland, would be almost bound to do anything they could, not being an infraction of our own laws, to assist them in carrying out their own laws, and it was provided for by law that a provisional warrant could be obtained in the present stato of things for the arrest of persons of that kind. The Queensland Government attached much importance to this case, inasmuch as theso girls, brought out at the expense of the Queensland Government, left tho colony within twentyone days of their arrival; and, being so fully aware of what they were doing, they dropped their own names and assumed another name for the purpose of leaving the colony. Hence this case was clearly and very palpably an open offence against tho law of that colony. That day ho had received from Mr Morehead, Premier of Queensland, a telegram in relation to the case, which (if permitted) he would now read, as showing tho importance there attached to the case :—" In connection with the case of the two girls Lynch, which was yesterday referred to in your Assembly, I think it only right to acquaint you that the warrant for their apprehension was issued under part 2 of the Fugitive Offenders Act, fora most barefaced breach of the 21st section of our Immigration Act of 1532. They came in the Taroba as free Government immigrants about a fortnight ago, and after waiting in Rockhampton the receipt of funds from their friends in Sydney, they took steamer to Sydney via Brisbane under the name of Hickey. As it is not often we have so clear a case, I hope the law will be allowed to take its course." Ho had entered thus fully into an explanation to show how the matter stood, not only as one of law, but also as one between two colonies, who, he was glad to say, were acting together in friendly relation, and also to point out what a studied design it was on the part of these young women to evade tho law through dropping tho name of Lynch and taking up the name under which they came to this colony. He apprehended that the Government of this colony had nothing whatever to do with it, and that tho warrant issued in Queensland must take effect.

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THE ARRESTED IMMIGRANTS., Evening Star, Issue 7938, 20 June 1889

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THE ARRESTED IMMIGRANTS. Evening Star, Issue 7938, 20 June 1889

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