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Friday, 26 July 1912

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I think that Senator Needham need not be very anxious about this matter. If he refers to the principal Act, he will find that there is a penalty provided for a shipmaster who brings his vessel within the quarantine line.

Senator Needham - That will not prevent the spread of small-pox.

Senator DE LARGIE - The penalty is supposed to prevent a shipmaster from bringing his vessel inside the prescribed lines.

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - Well, it was not heavy enough to stop one boat from crossing the line.

Senator DE LARGIE - Senator Needham seems to think it is possible to control these things. The master of a ship, is, so to speak', the "boss" of the position; and if he chooses to defy the law he is liable to a penalty. If the master of a ship transgressed the law, the pity is that the provision was not put into operation. All that we can do here is to frame a law, in the hope that it will be observed, and that if it is broken the offenders will be punished. I should not care to increase the substantial fine of £100, because I think it is a sufficient penalty for an offence of this kind.

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