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Thursday, 20 September 1906


Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - The convenience of honorable senators generally would be studied if the Bill were allowed to remain in Committee until to-morrow. I appeal to the Minister not to proceed further with this proposal tonight.'

Request agreed to.

Ordered -

That clause 2, and item 4, be reconsidered.

Clause 2 -

In lieu of the duties of Excise imposed by the Excise Tariff 1902 on spirits, duties of Excise shall, from the seventeenth day of August, One thousand nine hundred and six, be imposed on spirits in accordance with the schedule.

Provided that spirits distilled wholly from grape wine and spirits, n.e.i., which were on the seventeenth day of August, One thousand nine hundred and six, in the spirit store of any distillery or in any Customs warehouse, may, until the first day of March, One thousand nine hundred and seven, be delivered at the rates of duty specified in the Excise Tariff 1902.

Motion (by Senator Playford) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to leave out the proviso to clause 2, and to insert in lieu thereof the following : - " Provided that spirits distilled wholly from grape wine and spirits n.e.i. may, until the thirty-first day of December, One thousand nine hundred and seven, inclusive, be delivered at the respective rates of duty specified in the Excise Tariff 1902."


Senator Clemons - It is understood that there will be an opportunity for reconsideration ?


Senator Playford - Yes ; I am not proposing to take the Bill out of Committee.

Request agreed to.

Clause, as requested to be amended, agreed to.

Schedule -

Item 4 -

Whisky distilled wholly from barley malt by a pot still or similar process at a strength not exceeding 45 per cent, over proof matured by storage in wood for a period of not less than three years, and certified by an officer to be pure malt whisky, per proof gallon, 10s.

Motion (by Senator Clemons) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend item 4 by leaving out the figures " 45," and inserting the figures " 35."


Senator Playford - I shall not call for a. division, but it must not be assumed that I shall not object to the request at a subsequent stage.

Request agreed to.

Item, as requested to be amended, agreed to.







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