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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr FORDE (Capricornia) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - Although I am not aware of any country that imposes an excise duty on wine, Chili, Peru, Argentina, and all European countries tax it in some way.

Mr Latham - The tax is in the nature of a licence to sell rather than a duty on production.

Mr FORDE - In France there i3 a municipal tax on wine, and in the United Kingdom an excise duty of ls. 6d. a gallon on " British wine ". I agree with the Deputy Leader of. the Opposition that it is advisable to encourage the drinking of tho light dry wines, and the price at which they can be sold to the public will have to be considered when determining the rate of excise duty.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 7 -

No person shall produce grapes for use in the manufacture of wine unless he is registered, pursuant to this Part. Penalty: Twenty pounds.

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