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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 925

Senator McLAREN asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   What revenue is derived by the Government each year from excise duty on alcoholic beverages, and what sums are collected from each of the States.

(2)   What sums are remitted to each of the States, from the excise duty collected, for the treatment of alcoholism, and are the States satisfied with the level of these remittances.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The Commonwealth Statistician has supplied the following information on gross revenue collected in 1970-71 from excise duty on alcoholic beverages.


Figures for total gross duty collections from alcoholic beverages for earlier years are available from the Commonwealth Statistician's publication Overseas Trade' 1969-70 Bulletin No. 67.

(2)   There are no specific remittances of revenue to the States for the treatment of alcoholism, but the Commonwealth does provide very large funds to the States which they are free to dispose of as they choose.

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