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Friday, 25 September 1942

Mr Holt (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) t asked the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that there are large surplus stocks of Australian light wines in this country ?

2.   What restrictions, if any, have been placed by the Commonwealth Government on the distribution of those wines for civil consumption ?

3.   Can he indicate the factors operating which are preventing Australian citizens from securing these wines in reasonable quantities for their domestic requirements?

Mr Scully - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   No. Information available indicates that there is a shortage of dry wines in Australia, and an acute shortage of light dry wines.

2.   Distribution of wine has been restricted to the level of 1941 sales.

3.   See answers to questions 1 and 2.

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