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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) ..' - I hope that the request will not . be agreed to. All brandy made in- Australia must be made from pure grape spirit^ and! manufactured under certain conditions. Imported brandy which does not comply with the standard fixed for Australian brandy is charged- 43s. per gallon. . Thus, imported brandy is penalized if it is not of the purity of Australian brandy, and made under similar conditions. Brandy which complies with Australian " conditions is, on the certificate of the Consul of the country of origin, admitted on payment of 30s. per gallon.

Senator Benny - French brandy said to have been two years' in. the wood has been sold in Sydney for 5s- a gallon, but such, spirit could not be grape brandy-

Senator RUSSELL - I do- not know anything about that; .but we are of opinion that the difference of duty in favour' of Australian brandy is sufficient for the protection of the industry.

Senator Benny - The Federal Council of Viticulture say that the refusal of a higher duty will mean the ruin of the industry.

Senator RUSSELL - I should like proof of that. Many requests are made which cannot be justified.

Senator Benny - The object of these people is to keep Australia supplied with pure spirit. i . ae,q

Senator RUSSELL - The Department, having given the matter full consideration, and being actuated by the desire to protect the Australian makers of brandy, is of opinion that the protection now given is adequate.

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