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Thursday, 11 August 1904

Mr FISHER (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

The statement was made in. December last that spirit was being imported, bottled, and labelled in a manner contrary to the provisions of the law of the State of South Australia. In January of this year, the Premier of that State was informed that, as the spirit in question had been legally passed through the Customs, the latter had no power in the matter. The Customs officers submit all labels imported for the consideration of the local authorities, and for such action as the latter may desire to take. It is not considered that the Department can do more in this matter.

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