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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I am disposed to support the views of Senator Benny, for the reasons he has so well set out.. There seems to be a little discrepancy in the spirit duties; and seeing that during the last decade the manufacture of. Australian brandy has been brought up to a very good standard, and having some knowledge of the loose manner in which certificates- can be obtained outside Australia, and of the very strict way in which our Excise regulations are enforced, I think the honorable senator has made out a very good case. Our dried fruit, vine, and subsidiary industries are becoming increasingly important, and medical authorities have informed me that there is no necessity whatever for Australia to import a drop of" brandy. One could also emphasize the aspect of the employment this industry affords to returned soldiers and others, and the development it has attained in South Australia and Victoria, but it is hardly necessary to do so. I support the request.

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