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Friday, 26 July 1912

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - Under the English law, and the laws of many other countries, as well as under the old Colonial laws of Australia, measles was not quarantinable, and no doubt that was what Senator Findley was thinking of.

Senator Millen - He said that we had no power to make measles quarantinable under the existing law.

Senator DE LARGIE - What Senator Guthrie says may be true - that we had power to proclaim any disease quarantinable. But that provision may be construed to mean " any serious disease."

Senator Millen - That measles was thought to be serious is proved by the action subsequently taken.

Senator DE LARGIE - It is a serious disease in some circumstances, but it is not always considered serious. That is perhaps what Senator Findley had in his mind.

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