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Tuesday, 21 August 1906

Mr HIGGINS (Northern Melbourne) .- should like to know the object of the amendment?

Mr Deakin - Provision for requiring the spirits in question tobe matured in wood for a period of not less than two years will be made in the Bill which will be introduced to cover these resolutions.

Mr HIGGINS - I have learned that there are certain classes of spirits which cannot be matured in wood. For instance, spirit - which the Prime Minister will recognise as gin - is made in Holland from juniper. Square gin is one of those spirits which cannot be kept in wood for two years. The amendment I understand is not designed to absolutely exclude such spirits ?

Mr Deakin - I think it is desirable to deal with them, but the honorable and learned member will have an opportunity of discussing that matter when the Bill is introduced.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Sir William Lyne) proposed -

That paragraph 10 be left out.

Mr.REID (East Sydney) [3.14]-- In reference to these amendments, I merely desire to say that in agreeing to them, I am accepting the assurance of Ministers that we are doing nothing in opposition to our previous decisions, but merely putting things in order.

Mr Deakin - That is so.

Amendment agreed to.

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