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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator TRENWITH (Victoria) . - What we are proposing to do is to create a standard of excellence in manufacture and not in maturing and age. It would be quite competent for the distillers in South Australia to add to the phrase " Pure Australian standard brandy " the words " distilled in 1850" in order to indicate the age. I attach a great deal of importance to the use of the word "standard." The declaration that' brandy was up to the standard which the Act . prescribed would be an assurance to the purchaser, but the question of age is another matter which can be arranged by the distillers. We often hear of a person in the old world, when a son is born - it is not done so much here - laying down a cellar of wine not to be opened until he was twenty-one years of age. I am sure that it would be of immense importance to retain the word " standard," and that it would be valued by persons. Senator Symon urged at first that it was of no importance; but he is afraid now that it might be the means of putting a young brandy upon a. level with the very old brandy with which be is acquainted.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - All I say is that, " Australian standard brandy "has not been defined.

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