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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) (Minister of Trade and Customs) . - I would point out that this provision applies to all

Australian spirits. All that seems to be necessary is to alter the latter portion of it, so as to make it apply to spirits which are entered for home consumption before the1st of January, 1908.

Mr Glynn - No; because some of the wine cannot be under the control of the Customs Department at present.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - That remark applies only to next year's vintage.

Mr Kennedy - Surely the honorable and learned member for Angas would not make the extension applicable to that?

Mr Glynn - Spirits cannot be matured if they do not exist.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - These are very delicate matters to touch upon without first giving them very full consideration. If the honorable and learned member will allow the clause to pass, in its present form I will have it re-drafted in such a way that there can be no possibility of mistake, and I will agree to its recommittal.

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