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Friday, 27 July 1906

Mr GLYNN (Angas) . - In surrendering grievance day, honorable members are not depriving themselves of a chance of extemporizing grievances on matters not altogether of public interest.

Mr Deakin - All grievances are extemporized.

Mr GLYNN - I say that they are, because I think the evil lies in allowing grievance day to recur at regular intervals. In my opinion, much exception can be taken to that practice. Here, as in many other Parliaments, grievances can be ventilated when the Estimates are under consideration ; that gives honorable members an opportunity to improvize them.

Mr McWilliams - On grievance day we have largely a waste of time.

Mr GLYNN - I do not wish to say what is the effect of the present practice, because I seldom take part in the debates on grievance day. I hope, however, that the Prime Minister will consider the suggestion of some of his protectionist friends that advantage should be taken of the opportunity afforded by the surrender of grievance day to deal with the reports of the Tariff Commission. Being a teetotaller, I spent last Sunday in reading its reports, with respect to alcohol and the distillation of spirits anticipating that the whole question might be raised by a deputation that I had arranged to receive on the following day. The deputation consisted of five representatives of the vignerons of South Australia, who showed that there were certain serious defects in the unanimous report of the Commission in relation to the Question of allowing brandy to be made of anything but pure grape spirit. The recommendation, if it is a recommendation will receive very serious opposition from the representatives of South Australia. I rose merely to point out that the; House must not imagine that because a report has been unanimously arrived at, it must necessarily be perfect. The bulk of the report in question may be accepted, but I have pointed out one matter to which objection can certainly be taken.

Mr McWilliams - The effect of the proposal on the revenue will also have to be considered.

Mr GLYNN - That is so. As the general election is now close at hand', it is almost a pity that the honorable member for Gippsland and the honorable member for Moira should begin to have differences of opinion as to the urgency of considering the Tariff reports at this stage.

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