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Thursday, 20 September 1906

Senator DRAKE (Queensland) . - I have been informed that some little dissatisfaction has arisen in Queensland owing to the officers requiring that only pure grape spirit shallbe used for fortifying Australian wine, although a very pure spirit, 60 per cent, over proof, which I am informed admirably suits the purpose, and with which the vignerons would be perfectly satisfied, is being produced in that State. I believe the matter is dealt with by regulations under the Distillation Act, and I would ask the Minister of Defence to make inquiries with a view of asserting whether this spirit is of the character described by me, and if so, to direct that the vignerons in Queensland shall be allowed to use it.

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