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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) .- The departmental explanation of this matter reads -

While it has been considered desirable to make careful inquiry before embarking upon any extensive provision of new quarantine stations and new buildings at existing stations, still a certain amount of expenditure is necessary in order to maintain- existing stations in good repair and efficient working order. Provision has been made for some necessary works of water supply, sanitation, and for the disinfection of infected articles, and for the transport of persons and supplies to and from quarantine stations.

That applies to some of the minor items. In regard to the major items, I explained on the motion for the second reading of the Bill, that the Commonwealth is providing new quarantine stations where they have been found to be necessary. In some of the States, when we did take over quarantine, we did not take over quarantine buildings. The re-vote is caused by contracts being let, but not completed, during the financial year.

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