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Thursday, 25 November 1971
Page: 3658

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Griffiths will resume his seat. I would remind him that I suggested last night that the honourable member for Chifley should read the Standing Orders and discover what is a point of order. I suggest that the honourable member for Griffiths does the same thing, and 1 give a general warning to the House in relation to the practice that has sprung up of purporting to take points of order when in fact no points of order are involved. I suggested last night that if the pursuit of this practice interrupts the business of the House the Chair will take action. I regret that the honourable member for Griffiths has taken this point of order today. I make that general comment to the House in regard to the many points of order that are being taken by honourable members and suggest that honourable members read the Standing Orders so that they will know when they are permitted to take a point of order.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Unlike the present Prime Minister (Mr McMahon), we on this side of the House believe in supporting Australian products. We do not believe in travelling on some foreign airline when our own Qantas airline is available.

We do not believe in supporting some industry that is in competition with our own good, healthy, solid, earthy Australian industry. There is a significant development in the wine industry of which we should take notice, and that is the takeover of well-established Australian wine industries by foreign investors. In another 5 years there may not be many wineries left that will be owned by Australians. When that day comes perhaps the quality of the wine will deteriorate because no longer will the family wineries that we have in the industry today be there to maintain the recognised standards of wine making. In South Australia there are many little wineries today. Pirramimma is one in South Australia of which I know that is owned by one family, lt is one winery which uses the very best methods for producing wine, irrespective of the profit motive that might otherwise compel it to use less scientific means. These little family industries will not be able to continue much longer if the impost that there is now on wine is allowed to remain.

I hope that the Government will allow a vote to be taken on this matter. If it is sincere it will insist upon a vote today, and if the honourable member for Angas is sincere he will vote with the Opposition or allow the Opposition to support him in his motion. The grape growing industry in Australia is one of the greatest primary industries we have left. It is one of the few that do not appear to be withering on the vine. But it will soon wither on the vine if the Government persists with this stupid, inexplicable attitude towards the imposition of this tax upon wines. I do not need to say any more about this matter. The honourable member for Riverina has covered the matter so well that there is no need for anybody to speak further on the subject. I have much pleasure in supporting the honourable member for Angas and I hope that the honourable member for Moreton (Mr Killen), who is looking at me now and who, I hope, understands the value of the industry, will vote for the motion when the vote is taken.

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