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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 78

(Question No. 888)


Senator Messner asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 29 May 1984:

What were the quantities of: (a) fortified wines; (b) fortified wines produced in Australia; and (c) fortifying spirit produced in Australia, for each month since July 1982, expressed in litres and in litres of alcohol.


Senator Walsh —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a) Stocks of Fortified Wines in Australia ('000 litres) 30 June 1982-135,254; 30 June 1983-134,132.

Data for stocks of fortified wines are not available on a monthly basis. Figures expressed in litres of alcohol are not available.

(b) Production of Fortified Wines in Australia ('000 litres) 1982-83-33541.

Data for production of fortified wines are not available on a monthly basis. Figures expressed in litres of alcohol are not available. The data include current vintage only, for example, in 1982-83 they exclude approximately 10 million litres of fortified wine produced by adding grape spirit to unfortified wine from earlier vintages. The data were obtained from Australian winemakers with wine sales of 250,000 litres or more in 1981-82. These wineries account for about 98 per cent of local production.

(c) Production of Fortifying Spirit in Australia ('000 litres of alcohol) 1982- 83-7,881.

Data for production of fortifying spirit are not available on a monthly basis. Figures expressed in actual litres of fortifying spirit are not available.