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Friday, 11 June 1926


Senator GRANT (New' South Wales) .- I move- -

That the House of Representatives be requested to insert after the figure " 2 " the words - " by omitting the whole of sub-items (d) and (e)."

Sub-items d and e read -

(d)   whisky distilled wholly from barley malt by pot still or similar process at a strength not exceeding 45 per cent. overproof matured by storage in wood for a period of not less than 2 years and certified by an officer to be pure malt whisky, per proof gallon 26s.

(e)   Blended whisky distilled partly from barley malt and partly from other grain containing not less than 25 per cent. of pure barley malt spirit (which has been separately distilled by a pot still or other process at a strength not exceeding 45 per cent. overproof) the whole being matured by storage in wood for a period of not less than two years and certified by an officer to be whisky so blended and matured, per proof gallon 28s.

If my request is adopted these sub-items will be deleted.


Senator Pearce - What is the effect of the honorable senator's request?


Senator GRANT - To reduce the excise revenue by the nominal sum of £1,507,000. Although we are not discussing the financial position of the Commonwealth, we are all aware that for years we have had an overflowing Treasury. The Government has been at its wits' end to know what to do with the surplus money at its disposal, and has been handing over large sums to the States for road-making purposes, and also paying bounties right and left.


Senator Andrew - Is not road construction necessary work?


Senator GRANT - Yes; but roads are being constructed with money collected from the consumers of whisky. Those whose land has increased in value in consequence of better roads should pay for the cost of construction.


Senator Pearce - I rise to a point of order. I desire to know if, in discussing an excise tariff schedule, the honorable senator is in order in referring to road construction ?







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