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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator HIGGS (Queensland) .- This matter was not overlooked by the members of the Tariff Commission, and in preparing the terms of the proposed label, they had to consider the necessity for a brief and comprehensive title. They thought at one time of using the words " Pure Australian Standard Grape Brandy " ; but after discussion determined to omit the word " grape." Our desire was to give a monopoly of the word "brandy" to distillers of the pure article. The word " brandy " really covers everything that honorable senators desire to include by the use of the word " wine."

Senator Trenwith - Then we must, if we do not insert the word " wine" in the first definition, omit it from the second.

Senator HIGGS - Quite so. Our desire was that the word " brandy " should be understood to cover spirit distilled from grape wine. It seems unnecessary to insert the word "wine " in the first definition. The Commission were of opinion that in a very brief time the public would come to know that the label " Pure Australian Standard Brandy " covered the best brandy that could be produced in Australia. I agree with Senator Trenwith that the word "wine" in the second definition should be omitted. It is misleading, and, later on, I shall move its omission. We shall then have two labels: " Pure Australian Standard Brandy," covering the first grade, and " Australian Blended Brandy " applying to the inferior article.

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