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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 906

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address a question to the Miniter representing the Minister for Primary Industry. In view of the fact that I was informed this morning by the office of the Minister for Primary Industry that Professor Grant had not yet tendered the report of his inquiry into the wine excise and its effects on the industry, I ask: Who authorised the Federal member for Angas, Mr Giles, to make to the Adelaide 'Advertiser' the statement which appeared on Saturday 8th April predicting that the wine excise would be reduced substantially? Did Mr Giles have access to Professor Grant's report to enable him to make this prediction? If so, will the same privilege be granted to other members of the Federal Parliament who are vitally interested in this matter?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - In view of the detail which is sought I shall have to refer the question to the Minister for Primary Industry. I shall do this and obtain information for the honourable senator.

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