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Thursday, 26 September 1912

Senator McGREGOR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are -

1.   Occasionally cases of the kind mentioned are discovered amongst new arrivals.

2.   This question is now receiving careful consideration.

3.   This is already done. The medical officers of quarantine report all cases coming within the prohibitable classes to the officers administering the Immigration Restriction Act, who prohibit them, or arrange for their landing, on special conditions as to treatment, &c., according as circumstances require.

Senator CHATAWAY - Arising out of the answer, I wish to ask the Minister whether it is not a fact that a certain woman who landed in Melbourne suffering from syphilis was immediately removed to the Alfred Hospital, and has been allowed to remain in Australia in spite of the fact that she is a prohibited immigrant?

Senator McGREGOR - I shall make inquiries in respect to the statement of the honorable senator, and let him know later.

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