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Thursday, 16 August 1906

Sir JOHN QUICK (Bendigo) -- I object to the omission of the words "grain brandy," and I am sorry that the compromise to which I tacitly agreed last night, in order to meet the views of the representatives of South 'Australia, . has been departed from. I do not think that the Government are acting fairly in this matter, because they are proposing to obliterate the blended spirit known as the brandy of commerce.

Mr Isaacs - The honorable and learned member departed from the terms of his compromise.

Sir JOHN QUICK - I had to fight for the report of the Commission. I did not go out of ray way to denounce the proposal If I had wished to be contentious, and to take up time, I might have adopted an entirely different attitude. There are, however, ways and means of settling questions honorably and fairly, without being too pugnacious.

Mr Deakin - That is fully recognised.

Sir JOHN QUICK - I do not think that it is right to obliterate the blended grain brandy of commerce.

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - Is there a grain brandy of commerce?


Mr Isaacs - I thought the honorable and learned member stated that the term " grain brandy " was invented.

Sir JOHN QUICK - No. I said that the Government had invented the term "blended spirit." I have done my duty, and must, I suppose, rest content at that.

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