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MINISTER'S STATEMENT.

CHRISTCHURCH, May 2. Referring to the cable from Sydney stating that stranded New Zealanders were dissatisfied at what they claimed to be discrimination .in allowing soldiers and munition workers to return to New Zealand, while civilians were debarred, the Hon. G. W. Russell said that he was surprised at the statement, as no Ministerial authority had been given for the relaxation of the embargo. While appreciating the work of the soldiers and munition workers, he could not differentiate between different classes, of; the community.. If, the Health, Department; had gabled permission it was done on its own responsibility. The matter would be inquired into. 'He had received information from Wellington that a small body of soldiei'3 was en route to New Zealand, but no consent had been given to 'the Defence Department for the transfer of munition, workers. Until there were more effective quarantine stations the embargo would be rigidly enforced. With regard to the stranded New Zealanders, a cablegram had been forwarded to the Government Agent authorising him to make necessary advances for their maintenance.

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MINISTER'S STATEMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 2 May 1919

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MINISTER'S STATEMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 2 May 1919

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