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Wednesday, 10 April 1957

Mr POLLARD (Lalor) .- This measure is designed to facilitate the administration of the collection of excise on beer. All I have to say about it is that members of the parly behind me have always believed in facilitating public adminisiration and making it simple and efficient. To that extent, and not being able to see in this particular measure any other purpose, we wholeheartedly support the bill. MayI say, however, that it is noteworthy that since this Government came to office we appear to have had more measures dealing with beer, wines and spirits than has been the case under other governments. In one particular instance the minister in charge of such a bill said the measure was designed to encourage the consumption of brandy. Whether the increased consumption of brandy is good for the community I am unable to say from personal or other experience. However, in the present instance it is quite clear that the bill is designed to simplify administration, reduce cost to the taxpayer, and assist the brewers of beer. To the extent that the measure will facilitate public administration and save money for the taxpayers, the Opposition is all for it. However, 1 think I should say that J hope that in future, when governments are contemplating legislation dealing with excise on beer, wines, spirits, or anything else they will give the Parliamentary Draftsman and the departmental officers concerned sufficient time to cogitate on the subject - matter of their recommendations to the Minister concerned. I hope they will do that to ensure that as far as is humanly possible the measure brought to the House is foolproof and does not necessitate wasting the time of this Parliament, the Government Printer, government officials, and so on. Under those circumstances. Mr. Speaker, and to save the time of this Parliament not only do I give this measure my blessing and the blessing of the Opposition, but also I apply the same point of view to the measure which I understand is to follow immediately.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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