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Tuesday, 20 October 1931

Mr D CAMERON (BRISBANE. QLD) . - I desire to support the amendment. When the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Nairn) moved a similar amendment for a reduction of the duty on brandy I supported him, and, with all due regard to the Minister, I think that honorable members who carried that amendment, were under the impression that it would also apply to whisky.

This additional tax of 5s. on whisky bottled out of bond is unjust, and unfair to the retailers of Australia. I am

Unaware that similar taxation is imposed iu any other country. The Minister claimed as one reason for its imposition that it would provide additional employment. I understand that it has brought about further unemployment. Another reason was that it would bring in additional revenue. There, again, the hopes of the Government are obviously futile.

I know that the Minister has received strong representations from the Queensland Licensed Victuallers Association, and from the Merchants Association, of Brisbane, who have for years bottled whisky in their own stores, out of bond, without any ill effect to the public, and under the constant supervision of the officers of the Health Department. I know of no instance in which they have taken advantage of that privilege. J urge the .Minister to reconsider the matter, and. if possible, accept the amendment.

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