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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Mr JOHNSON (Lang) .- I think that the contention of the honorable member for Hunter is one that the Minister should seriously consider.

Mr Hutchison - Since an importer of inferior spirit could not redistil it in Australia, surely he ought to be allowed to redistil it beyond the Commonwealth?

Mr JOHNSON - It seems to me that such spirit might be exported, not for redistillation, but to be sold as Australian spirit, and might be regarded as the usual product of Australian distilleries.

Mr Hutchison - The Commerce Act would prevent that being done.

Mr JOHNSON - If it were enforced, it might do so; but this provision seems to be in conflict with the Commerce Act.

Sir William Lyne - Such spirit could not be exported as of Australian production. Would the honorable member have the Minister throw it into the sea?

Mr JOHNSON - Willingly. The Minister would have no control over it after it left Australia, and I repeat that it might be regarded as of Australian production.

Sir William Lyne - There is no danger of that.

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