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Thursday, 25 July 1912

Senator DE LARGIE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The amount of money at our disposal must regulate the equipment of the various quarantine stations.

Senator Chataway - I would increase taxation rather than limit the means of safeguarding the public health.

Senator DE LARGIE - There are some enormously rich countries which seem to get along with no quarantine stations at all.

Senator Chataway - That is the extraordinary thing.

Senator DE LARGIE - I grant that it is extraordinary. A country that, for a large number of years, has been immune from epidemics, is inclined to take things rather easily, and to become somewhat careless as to precautions.

Senator Chataway - Countries are usually inclined to think that their system is the best system.

Senator Findley - Australia is about the only clean country on earth in regard to small-pox.

Senator DE LARGIE - I should like to challenge any honorable senator to point to any other country which does not suffer from periodical epidemics. There is not one. We must remember that small-pox is not the only epidemic against which we have to guard. There are other fevers.

Senator Givens - Small-pox is about the most dangerous one.

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