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Grape industry should not be fooled by government gimmickry



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14 SEPTEMBER 1983 PETER FISHER, SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT & RECREATION MEMBER FOR MALLEE

GRAPE INDUSTRY SHOULD NOT BE FOOLED BY GOVERNMENT GIMMICKERY

Winegrape grow ers s hould n o t a c c e p t any compromise on th e o u trag e o u s e x c i s e t a x , f e d e r a l MP f o r M a ll e e , P e t e r F i s h e r ,

s a i d in P a r l i a m e n t l a s t n i g h t .

Speaking i n an adjournm ent d eb ate on th e g ra p e s p i r i t

e x c i s e , Mr F i s h e r s a i d he r e j e c t e d t h e M i n i s t e r f o r Primary

I n d u s t r y ' s s u g g e s t i o n t h a t he would c o n s i d e r re d u c in g

th e t a x as " j u s t a gimmick".

"This t a x n o t only b r e a k s a n o t h e r e l e c t i o n p r o m is e , b u t

was imposed w i t h o u t any r e g a r d f o r t h e e f f e c t s i t would

have on t h e i n d u s t r y .

"The v i a b i l i t y o f t h e whole i n d u s t r y i s t h r e a t e n e d - from

grape grower through t o wine maker, and i t i s c l e a r th e

Government c o u l d n ' t c a r e l e s s . ·

"The N a tio n al P a r ty w i l l c o n t in u e t o f i g h t a g a i n s t t h i s

u n j u s t im p o st. For weeks we have been c a l l i n g on th e

Government t o adm it i t s m i s t a k e and remove t h e t a x , and

we w i l l c o n t i n u e t o oppose i t .

"To s u g g e s t a r e d u c t i o n in th e ta x o r a n o t h e r form o f c o l l e c t i n g

th e e x c i s e i s j u s t a gimmick, and one t h a t grapegrow ers s hould

n o t be fobbed o f f b y , " Mr F i s h e r s a i d .

"The t a x , i f n o t removed, w i l l a g g r a v a te th e a l r e a d y te nuous

predicam ent o f th e d r i e d v in e i n d u s t r y as w ell as t h e wine

i n d u s t r y , and c r e a t e v e r y r e a l s o c i a l problems in th e

h o r t i c u l t u r a l r e g i o n s .

ends .

F u r t h e r i n f o r m a t i o n : P e t e r F i s h e r (050) 32.4510

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