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Wednesday, 2 June 1926

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) . - I have been handed the following letter which was written hy the secretary of the United Licensed Victuallers Association of the Commonwealth. Melbourne, to the Manager, Federal Distilleries Proprietary Limited: -

Melbourne, 2/2/26.

Die Manager,

Federal Distilleries Proprietary Limited, Melbourne,

Dear Sir,

In answer to your inquiry re prices ruling in Brisbane for "nips" of whisky, I give you the following information: -

Prior to the last alteration in tariff there was no difference between the price of Australian or imported whisky, both being sold at 9d. After the alteration last September, the price of imported was raised Id. to 10d., the Australian remaining as it was. Owing to your firm's representations to the United Licensed Victuallers Association that encouragement should be given to the Australian article, while still' showing a good profit to the retailer, the Brisbane United Licensed Victuallers Association reduced the price of Australian whisky to Sd. per "' nip " as from May 24th last,

Yours truly,

W.   Grant.

Secretary United Licensed Victuallers Association of the Commonwealth of Australia.

That settles the point as to- whether the letter which was read by Senator Ogden proposed an increase in the retail price of Australian whisky in Queensland, as he suggested it did, or, as I urged, a reduction.

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