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Thursday, 15 November 1973

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and Excise) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the provisions of the Excise Act 1901-1973 relating to the dutiable contents of certain prescribed beer vessels. Section 77b of the Excise Act prescribes the dutiable content of kilderkins, halfhogsheads, barrels and hogsheads. The present dutiable content of these containers was fixed at a time when all bulk beer vessels were handmade of wood and the prescribed dutiable contents reflected the average fills at that time. However, because of the turn to usage of factorymade stainless steel vessels for bulk beer the average fill of todays containers is now in excess of the present prescribed dutiable contents. In practice, for some years now, the largest size vessel in common use has been the kilderkin, the dutiable contents of which is being increased by 2.5 litres to 79 litres by this Bill. Similar increases are proposed to the dutiable contents of the other vessels named in Section 77b. I commend the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Senator Cotton) adjourned.

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