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Thursday, 16 August 1906


Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - The absence of the Minister of Trade and Customs has nothing to do with the matter. I merely desire time to become better informed in regard to the whole question.


Mr Kelly - The Prime Minister cannot help it.


Mr DEAKIN - I can help it. I am rather inclined to abolish the charge for inspection altogether.


Mr McLean - Then the spirit might get into consumption.


Mr Fisher - It would be a very dangerous thing to do.


Sir John Quick - The vignerons do not ask for the abolition of the charge, and the Government would lose , £6,000 a year in revenue if they abolished it.


Mr DEAKIN - I propose to inquire into the best means of meeting the difficulty. The Minister left, and has remained away, with my consent.


Mr McCay - The Government should be in possession of the requisite information.


Mr DEAKIN - I thought at first that the report which I read was an ample reply to what has been said in regard to drawback, but the honorable and learned member for Bendigo has placed a new aspect upon the case.







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