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Wednesday, 23 March 1927

Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - In concluding the second reading debate, I did not make any special reference to Senator Grant's inquiry, although I pointed out that on the 2,500,000 gallons of wine exported during the two years and seven months that the Wine Export Bounty Act was in operation, £328,000 was paid by way of bounty, after allowing for a rebate of1s. 3d. per gallon on the fortifying spirit used to fortify the wine. It would be exceedingly difficult to forecast with any degree of accuracy the amount which is likely to be paid as bounty during the next three years. I do not know how much wine will be made during that period, or how much of it will be consumed in Australia, or exported. A mere guess would not assist the honorable senator.

Senator Grant - Is the amount unlimited ?

Senator CRAWFORD - Yes. There will be a rebate of1s. 3d. a gallon in respect of the spirit used to fortify the wine which is exported.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.

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