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Wednesday, 2 June 1926

Senator OGDEN (Tasmania) .- Certain statements have been made during the debate which I think call for some explanation and contradiction. I stated that the probable result of an increase in duty would be an increase in the price of the local product. Advocates in this chamber of Australian whisky distilleries say that that is not likely to happen. I think Senator Elliott declared that the Australian manufacturer had given an undertaking that there would be no increase in price. Unfortunately for that honorable senator, I have documentary evidence to the contrary. I have in my hand a circular letter written by the Federal Distilleries Limited, Brinds Limited, and the Australian Distillery Company Limited to a client in Brisbane. It is dated 20th May, and reads: -

Bear Sir or Madam,

We are forwarding you under separate cover two show-cards representing the four advertised brands, of Australian whisky. We feel sure if these cards are placed in a prominent position, it will assist greatly in notify- ing the public of the decision of the United Licensed Victuallers Association, Brisbane, to charge8d. per nobbler for Australian whiskies. For your information the following comparison will show the advantage in selling our Australian product at 8d. as against the imported article at 10d.: -


Senator McLachlan - That is only what they might be expected to do. It is the obvious result of the increase in this item.

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