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Immigration Restriction Act 1901: Legislation

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Title: Immigration Restriction Act 1901
Subtitle: Legislation
Date: 1901
Content creator: House of Representatives
Notes: The full title of this legislation is 'An Act to place certain restrictions on Immigration and to provide for the removal from the Commonwealth of prohibited Immigrants (No.17 of 1901)'
Keywords: dictation test, citizenship, legislation, White Australia Policy, immigrants, prohibited, ACT, law, law & justice
Record creator: Attorney-General's Department
Reference: A1559, 1901/17

Immigration Restriction Act

Immigration Restriction Act

Immigration Restriction Act

Immigration Restriction Act

Immigration Restriction Act

Immigration Restriction Act

Immigration Restriction Act


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This is an Act passed by the Australian federal parliament in 1901. It is headed: 'AN ACT To place certain restrictions on Immigration and to provide for the removal from the Commonwealth of prohibited Immigrants', and is known as the Immigration Restriction Act. It shows the first page of the Act, up to section 3(a), which defines 'prohibited immigrants' as those who fail to pass a 'dictation test' and sign a passage of 50 words in a European language. The Act is printed on parchment, bound by blue ribbon and has a red wax seal of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia on the left-hand side. Handwritten on the page are the words 'No.17 of 1901' and '(Assented to 23rd December 1901)'.

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