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Wednesday, 19 September 1928

Mr BRUCE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   There has been a heavy falling off in the export of Australian wine, but it is understood that this is due to a great extent to large stocks being unsold in London. The reductions in the rate of bounty were more than counterbalanced by the more favorable preferences granted by Great Britain.

2.   It is not considered that the reduction of the bounty is the cause of the present condition of the industry.

3.   The situation will be carefully watched and any suggestions made on behalf of the industry to improve present conditions will receive careful consideration.

Mr BRUCE - On the 14th September, the honorable member for Angas (Mr. Parsons) asked the following questions : -

1.   What amount of wine was exported from Australia for the three months ending 31st August, 1927?

2.   What amount of wine was exported from Australia for the three months ending 31st August, 1928?

3.   What was the amount of the excise paid on fortifying spirit for wine from the time the rate was raised to 6s. in 1918 till 30th June, 1928?

4.   What amount was paid back in bounty on export of wine from the inception of the bounty until 30th June, 1928?

I am now able to furnish the honorable member with the following information : -

1.   2,032,766 gallons.

2.   227,762 gallons.

3.   The excise duty paid on spirit for fortification of wine for both home consumption and export during the period mentioned was £2,865,205.

4.   The wine bounty was first introduced in 1924. The amount of bounty paid from that date to 30th June, 1928, was £1,170,778. A drawback of the excise duty paid is also allowed upon exportation.

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