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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator HIGGS (Queensland) .- I do not think it would be wise to adopt Senator Symon' s suggestion to leave out the word " standard." The honorable and learned senator is aware that in connexion with the export of Australian products such words as " prime " and " best " are applied to them for the information of customers. It is a common practice to apply such terms as "best" or "second best" to shipments of Australian butter, for instance. In the same way, I think we might very well adopt the term " pure Australian standard brandy."

Senator Playford - We should state what the standard is first.

Senator HIGGS - Once a departure is made from the recommendation of the Tariff Commission in a matter of this kind, it is likely that a mistake will be made. The Government made a great blunder when they left out the word " pure " in the designation of the best article, and included the word " wine" in the designation of the inferior article. When a proposal of this kind is made to leave out one word and put in another, the difficulty is that amendments may be adopted which have been much more hastily considered than was the proposal of the Tariff Commission. I think the Committee would do well to follow the recommendation of the Tariff Commission in this instance.

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