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Friday, 18 December 1914

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) .- The effect of the clause will be to lower the standard of Australian whisky.

Senator Grant - That is a very serious matter.

Senator MILLEN - The Minister has said very clearly that the effect of the amendment will be to allow whisky to go out in two years, although it has been proved by experience that in that time it does not come up to the standard adopted. So that, rather than call on the holders of whisky to hold it a little longer, the clause, in effect, lowers the standard. Although it may be a great advantage to the holders and the manufacturers of whisky, I think that, on the whole, it will be a detriment to the people of Australia, and I am perfectly certain that, in years to come, it will be injurious to the trade itself, by giving to Australian whisky a lower standard and reputation than it should enjoy.

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