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Thursday, 4 May 1961

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) .- I hope, indeed, that I shall live long to enjoy the honorable member's medium dry red, but he has been laid down a little long and I am afraid he is going off.

Mr Haylen - That is a question of palate. The honorable member has had his tongue in his cheek too long and cannot taste it.

Mr WENTWORTH - The situation has been a little changed, I am afraid, by the decision in regard to Spanish champagne in the English courts, during December last. Although I am not quite clear on it, I think that decision may perhaps inhibit the use of not only the word " port ", but also " sherry " and " chablis " and the other wine types which the Minister mentioned. That will be very regrettable if it is the English law. If that is so, I think we have the right to ask the English Parliament to intervene and change the law in the way I have described, because this is quite a serious matter so far as the Australian wine trade is concerned.

We do not want to misrepresent our wine* as coming from anywhere but Australia. We believe they should be labelled and identified as Australian as clearly as pos sible, but we feel that we have the right to use the only ordinary English word to describe our wines. I am, of course, familiar with the circumstances which the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr. Adermann) mentioned. I am not clear - I do not think any of us is clear on the point at the moment - how far the implications of that Spanish champagne decision will go ia regard to the use of normal wine-type names by Australian producers on the London market.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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