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NOTICES

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Government for the introduction of a discriminatory wine impost and notes that: (a) the 1983 Budget imposition of an excise on grape spirit used in fortifying wine places at risk the future of the fortified wine industry in Australia;

(b) the requirement to pay the excise within 7 days of the fortification occurring is inequitable as returns to producers will not be received until the product is sold several years in the future;

(c) the excise will be reflected in increased costs to consumers of fortified wines of up to 100 per cent;

(d) producers of quality ports, sherries, muscats and other fortified wines will be encouraged either to withdraw from the market completely, thereby restricting consumer choice, or to reduce the maturation for such products, thereby reducing the quality;

(e) this excise will increase the costs of production of fortified wines for export, further disadvantaging Australian producers on overseas markets;

(f) the consequential reduction of fortified wine sales will be reflected in reduced intake of grapes from grapegrowers for these purposes, particularly from grapegrowers in the Riverland region of South Australia, the Leeton-Griffith district of New South Wales and the Sunraysia district of Victoria; and

(g) this will increase the hardship suffered by grapegrowers in these areas causing severe economic problems in decentralised regions,

and it calls on the Government to either abolish this new impost or, at the very least, alter the payment of excise arrangements so as to require payment only when fortified wines are released for sale on the market.

Senator Mason: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate expresses its abhorrence and indignation at the destruction of an unarmed civilian airliner, Korean Airlines Flight 7, shot down by a Soviet military aircraft on the morning of 1 September 1983, Australian Eastern Standard Time.