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Friday, 26 July 1912

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - The Minister's explanation is one of the first illustrations I have received that two wrongs may make a right. In the first place our original Act was defective, because it did not make measles a quarantinable disease. When the ship came to the wharf the State authorities stepped in toprotect the health of the city of Melbourne. The question then was by what law the ship could be dealt with. It seems to me that the State authorities did wrong in the technical legal sense, but right in preserving the health of the community by sending the ship again to Federal jurisdiction. The two wrongs amounted to a right. Thisis the first time I have heard of such a thing occurring.

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