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Wednesday, 15 August 1906

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - My point is that if spirit produced from grain, molasses, or any other material containing sugar is declared to be unwholesome we ought to exclude it,' but that we ought not to exclude a spirit which is not less wholesome than any grain spirit which may be blended with grape spirit and sold as brandy. I agree with the honorable member for Hindmarsh that if we decide that brandy shall be only that which is the product of the grape, we should exclude grain and all other spirit ; but since we are prepared to allow a mixture of grape spirit with spirit distilled from wheat or any other grain to be described as "blended brandy," I fail to see why we should exclude the use of molasses spirit for the same purpose, unless it can be shown that it is less wholesome. There seem to be only two logical courses open to us. We must either provide that nothing shall be labelled as " brandy " except thathich is the product of the grape, or if we are to allow a blending of grape and other spirits to be described as blendedbrandy, we should not prevent any spirit being so used except on the ground of its being deleterious.

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