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Wednesday, 15 August 1906


Mr GLYNN (Angas) .- I ask the Government to make paragraph 2 read -

Blended brandy distilled wholly from grape wine, containing not less than 25 per cent, of pure grape wine spirit (which has been separately distilled by a pot still or similar process at a strength not exceeding 35 per cent, overproof) the whole being matured by storage in wood.


Sir John Quick - This is a new scheme.


Mr GLYNN - I wish to provide for the use of wine spirit only.


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is there much difference between highly rectified spirits derived from different materials?


Mr GLYNN - That is the point which, we have been arguing for two days past.


Sir John Quick - The honorable and learned member asks for a reduction in duty and the exclusion of molasses spirit.


Mr GLYNN - I wish, for the exclusion of molasses spirit. The duty on pot-still brandy has been fixed at ios., but that spirit is not an article of consumption as drink.


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Why not?


Mr GLYNN - I understand that it is too highly flavoured.


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - According to the Tariff Commission's report, a pot-still brandy is made in France.


Mr GLYNN - Yes, but, as the honorable member for Melbourne has shown, it is so highly priced as to be really not an article of general consumption.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - What spirit would the honorable member use for blending ?


Mr GLYNN - Rectified grape spirit. I think that 25 per cent, of grape wine spirit distilled by a pot-still at a strength not exceeding 35 per cent, over-proof and 75 per cent, of more highly rectified grape wine spirit should be used.


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - If rectified spirit ,is not injurious, why not allow brandy to be made wholly of rectified grape spirit, instead of requiring 25 per cent, of grape spirit distilled by a pot-still to be used ?


Mr GLYNN - It is the unanimous testimony of experts that, if a brandy does not contain 25 per cent, of grape wine spirit distilled by a pot-still, it will not be a marketable commodity, because it will lack the necessary flavour.


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the honorable member wish to prohibit the use of rectified grain spirit?


Mr GLYNN - Yes.


Sir John Quick - The honorable and learned member is going too far. Grain spirit costs 2s-. 6d. to produce.


Mr GLYNN - I understand that it costs from 2s. 6d. to 2s. nd. If the Committee will not agree- to prohibit the use of grain spirit, no more need be said on the subject.


Sir John Quick - Grain spirit is not a cheap spirit.


Mr GLYNN - Will the honorable and learned member accept an amendment that will have the effect of providing that the blended brandy shall consist of not less than 25 per cent of pure grape spirit made in a pot still, and 75 per cent, of rectified spirit distilled from grape wine or grain, and that the duty be 11s., making other blends 13s. per gallon?


Sir John Quick - Yes.


Mr GLYNN - Will the honorable and learned member also agree to provide for a dutv of ios. per gallon upon pure potstill grape wine spirit?


Sir John Quick - Yes.


Mr GLYNN - I am willing to agree to that.







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