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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr GABB (Angas) .- It is evident that the department will not be able to police this provision, but that does not concern me. I am not interested in the fight of the small dry wine-makers who fear that the bigger wine-makers are taking advantage of them. One of tho last things that I want to see in this country is a wine monopoly like the existing whisky monopoly. Some years ago I expressed the view that one big wine-maker was doing his best to bring about a wine monopoly. At the time my statement was ridiculed by some of the growers of grapes; but they are now convinced that I was right. I hope that the Minister will take action to prevent monopolies. This clause plainly shows that there will be a differentiation between the rates for various classes of wine. I suggest that the Minister will be acting in the best interests of the country if he follows the advice of Mr. Gollan and Mr. Gunn on this matter.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 63 to 66 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with an amendment; report - by leave - adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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