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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 97

Senator MESSNER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting , I shall move:

That the Senate condemns the Hawke Labour Government for the imposition of a tax on wine and the lowering of protection for Australian wines against imported produce and in so doing notes:

(a) the promises of both the Prime Minister and Minister for Primary Industry during the 1983 election campaign not to impose any tax on wine during the term of a Labor Government;

(b) that 60 percent of Australia's wines are produced in South Australia and that the imposition of the tax on wine will adversely affect the South Australian economy and the local economies of the Riverland, the Barossa and Clare Valleys, the Southern Vales and the South Eastern wine districts in particular;

(c) that the tax will result in a fall in demand for wine which in turn will cut production and demand for grapes at a time when the Industries Assistance Commission has found that the industry is in a difficult position;

(d) the failure of the South Australian Premier, the Minister for Primary Industry or South Australian Labor members of Federal Parliament to protect the interests of South Australia's wine industry;

(e) that once again it is being left to South Australia's Liberal Party members of Federal and State Parliament to fight for the interests of the wine industry and the South Australian economy.