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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) . - I hope that the word "wine" will be omitted. The difficulty is to find a term that will express precisely what we mean. I do not think that the English language is sufficiently copious to supply a word that will exactly define our intentions. Perhaps the correct definition would be " Blended Wine Spirit." But the public have certain ideas with regard to spirits of wine, and therefore that term would create confusion. If any honorable senator can suggest a better definition than "Blended Brandy" I shall be willing to consider it. The Tariff Commission spent some time in endeavouring to find the best term possible. I quite agree with what Senator Symon has said. If we leave in the word " wine," we shall mislead the public by inducing them to pass over the superior brandy and take the inferior. Everybody in Australia ought to know by now that no spirit is entitled to be called brandy that is not made from wine, or the lees of wine.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Playford) agreed to -

That the figures "45," in the definition of "Australian Standard Malt Whisky," be left out. with . 1 view to insert in lieu thereof the figures " 35."

Senator Sir JOSIAHSYMON (South Australia)[4.49] I do not like the word "standard" as applied to malt whisky; but, as the Committee has agreed to retain it in the case of brandy, I shall not move an amendment.

Clause consequentially amended, and agreed to.

Clauses 4 and 5 agreed to.

Clause 6 -

The Distillation Act 1901 is amended as follows : -

(a)   by omitting from section 58 the words " and of a strength of at least 30 degrees above proof in the case of wine spirit, and of at least 60 degrees above proof in the case of any other spirit."

(b)   by omitting from section 59 the words " thirty-five " and inserting the word "forty" in lieu thereof; and

(c)   by omitting from section 76, paragraph [it) the words " thirty-five," and inserting the word " forty " in lieu thereof.

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