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A . deputation representing thirty-one trade unions waited on the ActingPrime Minister urging that stricter quarantine precautions should be instituted, and also that adequate provision should be made at Motuihi, or some other island, for the healthy pas-' sengers on vessels in quarantine.

Mr M. J. Savage explained to the Minister that the deputation represented 31 trade unions of Auckland and Labour generally. They had been given, to understand that the Niagara would berth on .Sunday night:, .aicer. going through a quanratihe period of 60 hours.. Experience in Australia had shown that 60 hours were insufficient. They asked, therefore, that the period should be extended to seven days at ieast. They were also of opinion that the passengers in the ship shou 1**1 V 4 considered, and for that reason they urged that proper accommodation should ■be niade on Motuihi,' or some other island, for the he_lthy passengers in the vessel in quarantine: In their opinion it was not right, to keep the; passengers crowded together. in. the ship while she was ,in quarantine. Every precaution should be * taken to safeguard the whole community and the passengers. It was no good indemnifying the waterside workers for any infection they might incur while workingthe vessel, while the whole community was laid . open to the danger of infection. ' Sir James" Allen expressed entire sympathy with the anxiety of the deputation and the people of Auckland to avoid anything that might lead to> a recurrence of the epidemic. He could assure them that whatever the Minister of Public Health could' do to relieve public anxiety would be done. He had not had direct communication with the Minister about the period of quarantine, but he understood that 60 hours was only a tentative arrangement,, and if it were found to be inadequate, he was sure it would be extended, even to the length of seven days, if necessary. They must understand that 60 hours' quarantine was not to be taken as final So far as the accommodation was concerned, he was bound to admit that the buildings on the quarantine island could not possibly, accommodate a thousand passengers or troops, but he questioned whether it was necessary to erect permanent accommodation for so large a number. The building accommodation could always be supplemented by canvas, and in his opinion canvas was healthier and better to live under than some of tho buildings people lived - in. ■'■•:.-.. '.'■':

A member of the deputation expressed the opinion that the Niagara ought to be thoroughly well fumigated, as it seemed to him that she was nothing but a "floating incubator" at the present time. ' - - Sir James Allien: * I don't presume that the Niagara is an incubator. She is bringing in the disease from quite a different source this time. No matter what regulations are enforced, and what precautions are taken, it does not seem to keep the disease out. However, I am not saying that we should not take every possible step to provide against it, and I will add my own representations to yours in communicating with tlie Minister of Public Health on the subject. ,

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QUARANTINE ARRANGEMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919

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QUARANTINE ARRANGEMENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919