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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 931

Senator McLAREN (South Australia) - I rise on a point of clarification. I think Senator Greenwood has deliberately- there is no need in Committee- tried to distort the question which I posed to the Attorney-General (Senator Murphy). He said that it was a hypothetical question. I tell Senator Greenwood that it is not a hypothetical question. With his knowledge of the law he would well know that to seek a retail outlet in the liquor trade one has to apply to the court in every licensing district. The company that I had in mind was not seeking that, it was seeking one in only the Sydney metropolitan area. It had no intention of applying to the licensing court in every district in New South Wales, which would be a mammoth job. But the company is under threat because it is seeking only one retail outlet. In the question that I posed I said that the company had been threatened that even if it makes the application to the licensing court it faces the possibility that the trade will not handle its products through any of the retail outlets which the liquor trade has at present in every town, in every country district in New South Wales. That is what I was referring to when I posed my question.

Question put:

That the word proposed to be inserted (Senator Greenwood's amendment) be inserted.

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