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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) . - I do not suppose that Senator Symon means everything he says. He was trying to persuade honorable senators to believe that age, in this case, is everything. But he knows that if an inferior brandy were laid down for 100 years it would not then be so good as a superior brandy which was only two years old. The use of the word "standard" has nothing to do with anything of that kind.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - What is the standard? Where is it defined?

Senator McGREGOR - The word ' standard " is used with other words in the definition, in order to indicate to the public that the article was a brandy which had been distilled wholly from grape wine by a certain method, and had been stored in wood for not less than two years. Of course, good Australian brandy, if stored in wood for twenty-five years, would be probably better at the end of that time. But the question of standard has nothing to do with that matter. The standard is a minimum below which the brandy could not go in point of age and method of manufacture. I believe that a very large number of honorable senators hold that such an indication would be of some value to the public. I hope that it will be retained.

Question - That the word " Standard " proposed to be left out be left out - put.

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