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Thursday, 14 November 2002
Page: 6364


Senator TROETH (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (12:51 PM) —The changes in the Excise Laws Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002 and the Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002 are intended to address the concern that the practice of overstating alcohol content on the label could spread because manufacturers may gain a competitive advantage from offering what looks like an expensive drink at a relatively low price. This represents a risk to the revenue, and the changes to these bills represent an important correction of the excise system with regard to alcohol. I commend the bills to the Senate.

Question agreed to.

Bills read a second time.