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Wednesday, 2 June 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - A few minutes ago Senator Elliott stated that the Australian distillers had agreed not to raise the price of the local product if the increased duty were passed. We were inclined to believe the honorable senator, and especially after Senator Hoare had made a statement to the same effect. Senator Ogden has now produced a document which flatly contradicts both those honorable gentlemen. The statement was definite that the price of a nobbier of Australian whisky in all the capital cities was about 6d. We now find from the circular quoted by Senator Ogden that the price in Brisbane is 8d. a nobbier. I know of no reason why the people there should be charged 8d. if the price elsewhere in Australia is 6d. If Senator Barnes is so anxious to encourage the manufacture of Australian whisky, why does not he move for the abolition of the excise duty ?

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