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WELLINGTON, April 16. A statement regarding an amended policy of the Government in regard to shipping between Australia and New Zealand was made by the Minister-or Public Health to a reporter to-day. "The shipping position arising out or the influenza epidemic has received further consideration," said the Minister, "and the final decisions come to are as follow:—, ' "Passenger traffic from Australia to New Zealand shall for the present be prevented 'as far as possible. Any passenger ships arriving here from Australia with passengers on board will be quarantined indefinitely, and the passengers will not be allowed to land. \s this comes into force from to-day this decision will apply to the Moeraki, timed to leave Sydney to-morrow, with approximately 250 passengers and a crew of 100. "It is not intended that cargo steamers shall be interfered with, in view of the fact that New Zealand requires both coal and wheat from Australia. Ml cargo vessels will be dealt with as necessity arises upon their arrival. It it is found that disease is on board the vessel will be heia for such time as may | be considered necessary. If, on the other hand, the ship is clean on arrival pratique will be grained at the earliest possible moment. • "Vessels arriving from overseas, not from Australia, will be considered on their merits, provided they are not an infected port, and they had clean bills of health when leaving their last, port of call. "These decisions have been come to after the most careful consideration. The possibility of demands on available quarantine stations is such that at the present time no risk whatever can be taken. There are coastal steamers, j a number of which have been found to Have influenza cases on board. I* or the infected crews of these vessels accommodation must be made at quarantine stations. The waterside workers have not unnaturally taken up a strong stand in connection with the working of vessels that have disease on board. "The real anxiety of the Department is that which arises from the possibility of one or more transports, with lar"-e bodies of men on board, arriving in an infected state. We must hold whatever space is available against such a contingency, consequently although the Government cannot prevent "shipping companies from bringing passengers from Australia, the Government is determined to indicate that no consideration will be given passengers who travel in spite of precautions being taken if the effect is going to be to re.duce the accommodation that will be necessary for returning soldiers.'

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SHIPPING EMBARGO., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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SHIPPING EMBARGO. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919