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Wednesday, 19 October 1983
Page: 1893

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in the Parliament assembled.

The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That the 1983 Budget imposition of the excise on grape spirit used in fortifying wine places at risk the future of the fortified wine industry in Australia.

That the requirement to pay the excise within 7 days of the fortification occurring is inequitable.

That the excise will be reflected in increased costs to the consumers of fortified wines of up to 100 per cent and consumer choice will be restricted.

That this will cause reduced fortified wine sales which will result in reduced intake of grapes from grapegrowers.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Federal Government will reconsider their previous decision and either withdraw this tax or modify its method of application and collection.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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