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Thursday, 29 March 1979
Page: 1286

Mr BOURCHIER -Is the Minister for Health aware that a new low alcohol content beer is now on the market? Does he agree that this is a positive and responsible action taken by the Australian brewing industries in Australia?

Mr HUNT - I am aware of the new low alcohol content beer. It is not a bad drop. I think it is a display of responsibility on the part of the brewers concerned to produce such a beer.

Mr Nixon - What an excellent idea!

Mr HUNT -As the Minister for Transport says, it is an excellent idea. It accords completely with the Minister's philosophy and his concern for safety on the road. It accords also with the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare. Honourable members might recall that Senator Baume and his Committee produced a report entitled 'An Intoxicated Society'. One of the recommendations in that report was to encourage brewers in this country to produce beers of lower alcohol content. The Government has not yet dealt with that report but, without pre-empting a decision by the Government in the matter, I say that, from my own point of view and I am sure from the point of view of people generally, we can only welcome the action of the brewers and hope that brewers generally will provide the Australian community with the option of actually obtaining lower alcohol content beer.

Mr Young - It is a big seller at the Melbourne Club.

Mr HUNT - That shows the good commonsense of members of the Club.

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