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Thursday, 22 October 1931


Mr GABB (Angas) .- The clause states that licences may be cancelled by the Minister by notice in the Gazette if the licensee is convicted of any offence against this act or any other act relating to excise. The honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Paterson) seemed to think that this power might be exercised by the Minister at his own discretion. I do not know whether that will be the position. It seems to me that the cancellation of a licence would depend upon a conviction. The penalty is not too harsh, because under this legislation the department is placing a tremendous trust in the wine-makers. I believe that most of the wine-makers will respond, especially the bigger wine-makers who have too much at stake to risk the cancellation of their licences. This legislation, in spite of the Minister's statement to the contrary, will make it harder for the department to police the industry.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 25 to 29 agreed to.

Clause 30 (Office accommodation for officer).







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