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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1218


Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Leader of the Government in the Senate been drawn to an article in the 'National Times' of 17th April to the effect that Federal Cabinet has reached general agreement to cut the excise on wine by at least 50 per cent without waiting for Professor Grant's report and that because of this Cabinet decision the report now appears to be of very little value? In view of persistent reports that a decision has been made on wine excise, 1 now ask the Leader: Will he clarify the issue by making a statement to the Senate as to when the wine industry can expect the relaxation of the wine excise to take effect?


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON No, I would not attempt to intervene in a question of that nature. I would not reflect upon the substance of the honourable senator's question at all. A report has been sought and no doubt it will be put down in the fullness of time. Anything I say beyond that would be a reflection, by implication, on a matter of Government policy, and that I cannot do.







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