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Friday, 26 July 1912

Senator ST LEDGER (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that in May of this year two vessels, from Asiatic ports, the Yawata Maru and the Changsha, called at Townsville, each having a small-pox patient on board, which disease developed after the vessels had left Thursday Island?

2.   Was it owing wholly or partly to the fact that the Quarantine Station at Townsville was in such a dilapidated condition as to be unfit for the reception of the patient that the former vessel had to come on to Sydney " to obtain quarantine " ?

3.   Had that unsatisfactory condition of the Townsville Quarantine Station been reported to the Department long before the occurrence of the two outbreaks mentioned?

4.   Was anything done in consequence of the report to fit up that station for the proper reception of such emergent cases; if not, why not?

5.   What, if anything, is being done to remedy this present defective condition of the Quarantine Station at Townsville?

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