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Monday, 24 September 1906


Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - I do not wish to pursue this subject any further if the Minister of Defence objects to adopt my suggestion. He must recognise that my only desire is that .we shall not weaken the value of our best brandy


Senator Fraser - Both brandies will be distilled from grape wine.


Senator CLEMONS - I am aware of that. At the . same time, I think it would be better if we removed all possibility of a blended brandy being sold as our best brandy, thus injuring our trade in the finest article we can produce. Australian blended brandy cannot be as good as Australian standard brandy. Otherwise, why should a heavier Excise be charged ?


Senator Playford - The honorable senator only objects to the issue of a Government certificate in connexion with Australian blended brandy?


Senator CLEMONS - Exactly. I do not intend to press the matter to a division if Senator Playford is satisfied that by issuing a Government certificate in the way that is proposed, we shall not injure the trade in our best brandy.







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