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Friday, 18 December 1914


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - I move -

That this Bill be now read a second time.

The Bill is very brief, and practically explains itself. Its object is to raise the standard from 35 to 45 per cent. overproof in regard to Australian standard malt whisky and Australian blended whisky. The Customs Act provides for the maturing of whisky in two years, but it has been found that with the standard fixed at 35 per cent. the whisky contains so many impurities that it is impossible for it to mature in two years. It is believed that by altering the standard to 45 per cent., the whisky will be purer, better, and more marketable article and will mature in the time prescribed by the Customs Act. It is considered that this amendment of the principal Act will give Australian whisky a better chance in the markets of Australia.


Senator Millen - In other words, if it is not matured in two years, you leave the two years standing, but take it unmatured.


Senator RUSSELL - It would be a good marketable article.


Senator Millen - But not so good as it was before.


Senator RUSSELL - It is said that with the standard fixed at 35 per cent., it is impossible to remove all the fusel oil in two years.


Senator Millen - The remedy should be to give it a longer time.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee:

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2 -

Section 3 of the Spirits Act 1906 is amended -

(a)   by omitting from paragraph a of the definition of "Australian Standard Malt Whisky" the word "thirtyfive " and inserting in its stead the word " forty -five "; and

(b)   by omitting from paragraph a of the definition of " Australian Blended Whisky " the word " thirty-five " and inserting in its stead the word " forty-five."

Section proposed to he amended -

3.   In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears - " Australian Standard Malt Whisky "means whisky which complies with the following requisites: -

(a)   It must have been distilled wholly from barley malt by a pot still or similar process at a strength not exceeding35 per cent. over-proof; " Australian Blended Whisky " means whisky which complies withthe following requisites : -

(a)   It must have been distilled partly from barley malt and partly from grain, and must consist of not less than25 per cent. of pure malt whisky which has been separately distilled by a pot still or similar process at a strength not exceeding 35 per cent. over-proof.







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