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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) - I would point out to Senator Clemons that the increased strength at which it is proposed to allow spirit to be distilled for the purpose of fortifying wine has been adopted as the result of a request on the part of the vignerons themselves. I supported that request, because no vigneron will fortif y wine with a spirit that it takes 4 or 5 gallons of wine to distil, and then sell that fortified wine at the same price as the unfortified article, unless there is a necessity for it. If there be a necessity for it, why should not the vignerons of

Australia be afforded nearly the same opportunities as are extended to wine-makers in other countries ? I think it was very wise on the part of the Tariff Commission to recommend this proposed increase.

Senator Clemons - They did not all recommend it.

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