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Thursday, 16 August 1906


Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) .- The Tariff Commission recommend in their report -

That upon the export of Australian wines a drawback of duty paid on any Australian spirit used for fortifying such wines shall be allowed under Excise supervision.


Sir John Quick - The revenue must be collected before the drawback can be given.


Mr DEAKIN - But the recommendation is that the allowance on the spirit used in fortifying wines is to be measured at the time of export.


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The question is whether a differential rate, or auniform rate which will cover the cost of supervision, shall be chargedto the growers.


Mr Isaacs - The charging of a uniform rate of 6d. per gallon was not the sole recommendation of the Tariff Commission.


Mr DEAKIN - Though there is a good deal to be said in regard to the drawback recommendation, I understand that the Chairman of the Tariff Commission does not wish to deal with it now.


Sir John Quick - That recommendation will have to be dealt with in a' separate Bill.


Mr DEAKIN - The full recommendation of the Commission is -

That the Excise duty on spirit for fortifying Australian wine be reduced from rs. to 6d. per proof gallon ....

That Australian wines may, under Excise supervision, be fortified up to the strength of 40 per cent.

That upon the export of Australian wines a drawback of duty paid on any Australian spirit used for fortifying such wines shall be allowed under Excise supervision.


Mr Salmon - If the spirit is allowed to be used free of Excise, there can be no drawback.


Mr DEAKIN - That is so. I am impressed by what the Chairman of the Tariff Commission has said, and shall make inquiry into the matter. We shall be considering the Bill within a few days, and I shall then be able to make a proposal for any variation that may be considered desirable.







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