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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4182

Mr SPEAKER - On Thursday, 22 November last, the honourable member for Wilmot (Mr Duthie) asked me a question without notice seeking my consideration to substitute apple juice in lieu of alcoholic beverages at luncheons and dinners tendered to visiting overseas dignitaries. Honourable members will agree that asking me to take such a decision would impose a tremendous personal responsibility. As a consequence, I took a sample poll. I interviewed 104 honourable senators and members on their attitudes, and I received the following answers: Eight were in favour of apple juice; 9 were in favour of alcoholic beverages; 16 were undecided; and 72 said that they had never tasted apple juice. As a result of this sample poll, I will consult Mr President with a view to adding apple juice to the list of available thirst quenchers on such occasions.

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