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Wednesday, 14 September 1983
Page: 756

Mr HICKS —My question is directed to the Treasurer. Because of the chaos that the imposition of an excise on grape spirit announced in the August Budget will cause in the wine and dried fruit industries, particularly in the Riverina, Sunraysia and Riverland districts, and because of the obvious dissatisfaction of the Minister for Primary Industry with his Government's decision on this matter, will the Treasurer rescind the Government's decision to place an indexed excise of $2.50 a litre on grape spirit?

Mr KEATING —The Government has, of course, received quite a number of submissions from the fortified wine industry about the effect upon the industry of an increase in excise on grape spirit. The Government is in the course of considering those submissions. At the appropriate moment I will respond to the industries and as necessary in the Parliament.