CHINESE AND INDIANS
TO MAKE ROOM FOR WORKLESS
PETITION TO PARLIAMENT
Immediate repatriation of all Asiatics, particularly Chinese, and Indians, in order that they may be replaced in their occupations by approximately 12,000 unemployed New Zealand workless men and boys is advocated in a petition presented to Parliament yesterday by Mr. J. N. Massey (Government, Franklin) on behalf of C. E. Lloyd and 1456 others.
It is stated-that there are about 6000 Chinese and Indians in the Dominion, practically all of whom are working as market gardeners, hawkers, fruiterers, laundrymen and market garden labourers, working about ten hours a day and seven days a week, depriving from work and livelihood nearly double the number of Europeans on ordinary working hours.
"The majority of them, the petitioners allege, "are living in insanitary and immoral conditions, gravely endangering the future of our present fine Maori race. Evidence of this is unfortunately notorious, and has been frequently exposed. Both Chinese and Indians come to New Zealand to make money, and return with it to their native land, thus continuously weakening the finances of New Zealand. It is estimated, that they send or take an average of £100 each annually out of the country, which means that £600 000 a year is completely lost to New Zealand, instead of remaining here in circulation as would be the case if they were replaced by our own people.
The Asiatics of New Zealand are undesirables, being invariably of a low caste and class in their own country and as such cannot be assimilated into our population, and are therefore of no economic value to the country."
- ↑ Chinese and Indians. (1932, September 24). Evening Post, p. 14. http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/EP19320924.2.121
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