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Thursday, 6 May 1915

Mr KELLY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - J desire to ask the Acting Prime Minister whether he wished to suggest in his reply to questions with reference to the duties on wine to be imposed "by the Imperial Government that, provided a sufficient agitation were created amongst vignerons in Australia, the Government would back up that agitation, or whether he meant to suggest that the Government would bring before the Imperial Administration the views of Australian wine-growers with reference to these duties.

Mr HUGHES - What I said was that we would voice the representations of the vignerons if we were assured that they embodied the general opinion of those engaged in the industry. As to our own attitude in regard to the matter, I think it would be grossly improper for us to attempt to dictate to the Imperial Government what form their fiscal policy should take.

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