Editorial: "The Kanaka Labour Traffic" - The Argus

Editorial: "The Kanaka Labour Traffic" - The Argus

by: The Argus | publication date: December 7, 1892 | Publication: The Argus | pages: 4

It will be noticed that our correspondent gives a very different description of the recruiting of Polynesian labourers from that which has formed the basis of innumerable speeches at Exeter-hall and at church meetings both in Australia and the United Kingdom. Our correspondent recounts the facts that he has seen; the philanthropists who begin by assuming that English planters and traders must be cruel and unscrupulous and oppressive, have to rely on their own imagination or on the wearisome reiteration of old grievances which can never be heard of under the present system.

An editorial by The Argus pointing out that Melvin's largely favorable portrayal of Queensland labor recruiting practices questions the assumption that islanders are duped into labor contracts against their will.

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