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Monday, 24 September 1906

In Committee(Consideration resumed from 1 8th September, vide page 4719): Clause 2 (Commencement).

Senator Sir JOSIAHSYMON (South Australia) [3.18]. - The Minister of Defence will recollect that when the Excise Tariff Bill was under consideration, he showed me an amendment which was intended to fill up a gap in a proviso relating to the imposition of duties. I should like to know if that amendment has been inserted ?


Senator Playford - Yes, it was.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 3 -

In this Act unless the contrary appears- " Article of food or drink " includes every article used for food or drink by man, and any article that enters into or is used in the composition or preparation of food, and also includes confectionery, spices,condiments, and flavouring substances. "Australian Standard Brandy" means . . . . "Australian Blended Wine Brandy" means brandy which complies with the following requisites -

(a)   It must have been distilled wholly from grape wine, and must contain not less than 25 per cent. of pure grape wine spirit, which has been separately distilled by a pot still or similar process at a strength not exceeding 40 per cent. over proof. "Australian Standard Malt Whisky" means whisky which complies with the following requisites : -

(a)   It must have been distilled wholly from barley malt by a pot still or similar process at a strength not exceeding 45 per cent. over proof.

Amendment (by Senator Playford) agreed to -

That after the word " food," line 5, the words "or drink" be inserted.

Senator Sir JOSIAHSYMON (South Australia) [3.22]. - I wish to ascertain whether my honorable friend, the Minister of Defence, thinks that it is better that an amendment which I intended to propose should be inserted in this clause or in clause 11. That clause provides that spirits distilled in Australia shall not be delivered for human consumption unless they have been matured by storage in wood for a period of not less than two years. I intend to suggest that that provision should be limited to the spirits comprised in the items 1 to 5 of the schedule of the Excise Bill, and that items 6, 7, 8, and 9 of that schedule, relating to methylated spirits, and spirits for fortifying Australian wine, be excluded from it. What I propose may be done by an amendment of the definition clause, by saying that spirits distilled in Australia for the purposes of clause 11, shall not include items 6to 11 of the schedule to the Excise "Bill, or it may be done by amending clause 11.


Senator Playford - I think the latter course would be the better.







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