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Wednesday, 15 August 1906

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - The honorable member has been good enough to indicate the difficulty which he feels in regard to these proposals, and I move -

That the following new paragraph be inserted after paragraph1, line 43 : - "'Blended wine brandy distilled from grape wine, and containing not less than 25 per cent. of pure grape wine spirit (which has been separately distilled by a pot still or similar process at a strength not exceeding 40 per cent. over-proof), the whole being matured by storage in wood for a period of not less than two years, and certified by an officer to be brandy so blended and matured, per proof gallon,11s.

I propose that paragraph No. 2, which will become paragraph No. 3, shall relate to "blended grain brandy." That being so, there will be no doubt as to the class of brandy to which it refers. In the first paragraph we shall deal with pure brandy, in thesecond, with blended wine brandy, and in the third, with blended grain brandy in which not more than 25 per cent. of grain spirit may be used. These will be the only brandies.

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