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Friday, 26 July 1912

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - An interesting point has been raised by Senator Russell. I am pleased to have heard the Minister's explanation, because while this matter was being discussed in the newspapers, it was almost impossible to obtain anything like an accurate idea of the position. I do not know whether the newspapers were anxious, in their usual way, to misrepresent the administration of quarantine as they misrepresent other Federal action. That is such a usual thing for them to do, that we need not be surprised. However, the position has been put clearly and straightforwardly this morning. I should like to know whether there is anything in the present Billto enable such a case as that of the Irishman to be controlled by our quarantine authorities.

Senator Findley - Absolutely yes; quarantinable disease, such as fevers, can be controlled by our authority.

Senator DE LARGIE - That is quite satisfactory.

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