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Wednesday, 15 August 1906

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I take objection to this proposal, not on account of the difference made in the Excise duty, as that may be met by the cheapness with which this spirit is distilled, but because it is sought to prohibit the use of spirit which is not shown to be more harmful than the spirit which is allowed. If the distinction which is attempted to be made is drawn, it seems to me that the Excise Department may prevent spirit made in the northern States from being labelled " blended sugar brandy." Thev may say, "You shall not call this spirit brandy, because the Excise Act allows the application of the term brandy to certain specified spirits only.

Mr Deakin - I do not think that that is so. It will depend on the wording of the Bill.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I hope that the Minister will give consideration to the matter before the Bill is introduced. There should be no discrimination against molasses spirit unless it is more detrimental to health than other spirit.

Mr Fisher - What- about fiscal faith? The distilling of spirit from molasses is an industry which was brought into existence by the Federal Tariff.

Progress reported.

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