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Monday, 26 November 1973
Page: 3802

Mr GILES (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Prime Minister seen several Press reports in which the Premier of South Australia describes the Whitlam Government's total tax on the wine industry - revaluation of stock and shifts in excise duty - as being 'much more onerous on the industry than the original wine excise', 50 per cent of which was removed as a result of the efforts of my colleagues and myself? Does the Prime Minister realise that neither the Premier nor the industry regards these measures as anything other than political betrayal?

Mr WHITLAM - Senators from the honourable gentleman's State asked a question about this matter over 2 months ago and received a reply. The honourable gentleman is as slow in raising this matter in this House as he was in working for the removal of the whole of the wine tax last year. His voting record on this matter is plain. He is distorting the situation, as the Minister assisting the Treasurer showed very convincingly last Thursday night. There is no new imposition at all. An anomaly has been removed and full reasons have been given to all honourable members. (Mr Sinclair interjecting).

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