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Thursday, 31 October 1974
Page: 2184


Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Customs and Excise. It concerns the rather sad dereliction of the age old adage 'in vino Veritas'. Has the Minister's attention been drawn to Press reports of wine frauds revealed in France and Italy with alleged recourse to the making of wine from dregs of pressed grapes and cane or beet sugar? As the Australian grape growing and wine making industries are suffering from heavy importation of brandy, some of which is allegedly of similarly suspect origin, and in view of the desirably stringent regulation and certification requirements applying to the genuine Australian product, will the Minister ensure that all imported brandy conforms completely with our set standards?


Senator MURPHY - I am aware of the matters to which the honourable senator refers. Over several years there has been a number of such instances occurring overseas. I think there was a rather scandalous situation in Italy some years ago and we are all aware of what is alleged to have happened in France. I shall see what can be done to resolve this problem in the direction that the honourable senator suggests. I think it is proper to do so, not merely for the protection of the wine and brandy industries of Australia, important though they are, but also for the protection of the Australian consumer. I will certainly see to it that everything that ought to be done is done to ensure that the Australian consumer is not deceived by any action of those sending goods into Australia or those from whom the goods are derived.







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