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Tuesday, 20 October 1931

Mr BERNARD CORSER (Wide Bay) . - The Minister's statement that my amendment on Friday last to increase the period of maturity from two to three years was made in the interests of the big distillers was- unfair. I might with equal propriety charge the Minister with having imposed the restrictions in regard to bottling in bond in order to advance the interests of the whisky combine. Equally unjust was his further assertion that the amendment was sprung on the committee. ' I gave him at least a week's notice of it,, and he had even earlier knowledge that such an amendment would be moved. It was proposed, not in. the interests of any section, but solely to safeguard the public health. Every part of the British Empire except Canada requires a. three-year period of maturity.

Question - That the amendment (Mr. Nairn's)be agreedto - put. The commit tee divided. ( Chairman - Mr. McG r ath. )

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