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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator MACFARLANE (Tasmania) . - One of the most important objects of a label of this kind is to give confidence to the consumer. If the word " standard ' ' is left out, and the definition is simply "Australian Brandy," it may mean many things.

Senator Playford - The confidence" is given by the Government certificate. ' The public will not care what the label is if they have the certificate.

Senator Fraser - They will never see the certificate, and they will know nothing of the provisions of this Bill.

Senator Playford - The certificate will be on the label.

Senator MACFARLANE - I do not think that the Government have in this case attached to the recommendation of the Tariff Commission the importance it deserves. ' The Commission very carefully considered what the label ought to be. It is clear that no harm whatever would arise from the adoption of the term " Pure Australian standard brandy " to indicate the article of first quality.

Senator Playford - "Pure" and " standard " would only be surplusage.

Senator MACFARLANE -It wouldgive thepublic confidence. If we described the article simply as " Australian brandy " the public would not have the same confidence in it that they would have if the designation implied that the article was up to a standard. With respect to the blended spirit, I think that the term suggested by the Tariff Commission, " Australian blended brand". " is the best that could be adopted. If that term is used the public will know that it is a blended brandy made from spirit distilled from grapes, or the produce of grapes.

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