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Thursday, 20 September 1906

Senator DRAKE (Queensland) . - It is provided that blended whisky shall consist of not less than 25 per cent, of pure barley malt spirit, whilst the balance of 75 per cent, may be made from other grain. It seems to be fully established that, unless there is some special restriction as to the method of distillation, molasses spirit is as wholesome as that produced from grain. According to the item as it stands, any kind of grain may be used for the production of 75 per cent, of the spirit forming the blend. My desire is to permit of the use of molasses spirit in making up blended whisky, and I should be content if the word " materials " were substituted for the word " grain." I am not particularly wedded to that term, but am willing to adopt it, because it has been recommended by the Tariff Commission. If it would prove more acceptable to the Committee, I should be prepared to substitute the word "molasses." With regard to 75 per cent, of the proposed blend, it would be absolutely necessary to distil the spirit to a high degree of purity in order to eliminate the deleterious elements, and the product in the form of silent spirit would be indistinguishable from the molasses spirit, which would be just as wholesome.. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend item (5) by inserting after the word "grain," line 2, the words "'or molasses."

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