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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2397

Senator JESSOP -This highlights the concern that has been shown repeatedly by Senator Laucke and the honourable member for Angas, Mr Giles, in regard to the judgment of the Government in increasing the excise on Australian brandy to this extent. It appears to me that the situation is further aggravated by the introduction of too much imported brandy to Australia. This is giving the local industry a lot of concern. I ask the Minister first of all whether he can give a bit more information as to how it is determined that the imported brandy has been, in fact, in the wood for 2 years and whether it consists of grape fluid. Does someone swig a few grams down or is some technical procedure adopted?

Senator James McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is part of the retraining scheme of the Minister for Labor and Immigration.

Senator JESSOP -Perhaps I will volunteer. I should like to know whether Senator Murphy can tell me the excise payable on imported brandy and whether he would consider a substantial increase in such an excise and a substantial reduction in the impost on Australian brandies to assist the industry which is certainly suffering, as can be seen from the figures I have just read out.

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