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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1497


Senator McLAREN asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

In view of the fact that I was informed on the morning of 11th April 1972 by the office of the Minister for Primary Industry that Professor Grant has not tendered a report on his inquiry into wine excise and its effect on the community, will the Minister advise the Senate (a) who authorised the Federal member for Angas, Mr Giles to make a statement, reported in the 'Advertiser' of Saturday, 8th April 1972, predicting that wine excise would be substantially reduced, (b) did Mr Giles have access to Professor Grant's report to enable him to make this prediction; if so, will the same privileges be granted to other members of the Parliament who are vitally interested in this matter.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The report was received by me later on that same day. Its contents and whether it should be published are currently under consideration by the Government. It has not been made available at this time to either Government or Opposition members. I am unable to assist in answering the other question asked by the honourable senator.







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