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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - Why does the Minister insert only the word " gin " ? We have been dealing with many kinds of spirits which we all agree will not improve by storage in wood, and clause 10, it is provided, shall not apply to gin, Geneva, Hollands, schnapps, or liqueurs. In my opinion, we ought to again use the same words. We may be told that the other varieties are not manufactured in Australia, but they may be manufactured here at some time.

Senator Playford - It would only be a repetition of words ; but if the honorable senator desires, I shall amend the amendment in the way suggested

Amendment amended accordingly.

Senator Sir JOSIAHSYMON (South Australia) [6.22]. - I am very glad that the Minister proposes to add the proviso indicated. I would point out that it is not only necessary to provide for gin, Geneva, Hollands, schnapps, or liqueurs, but that the provision ought to extend, so I am informed, to rum, which does not improve in wood. ,

Senator Playford - We have agreed that rum shall be kept in bond for two years.

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - Then I shall not press that objection. Will the provision include spirits, n.e.i. ?

Senator Playford -No.

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - I do not suppose that spirits for scientific or industrial purposes will be put into human consumption.

Senator Trenwith - That would not be permitted.

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - I think that is right. For the information of honorable senators, I shall read a communication I have received from those interested in the trade, who are desirous of having these provisions put on a proper footing -

Items 7 to11 should be absolutely free of age conditions, because they do not improve by being stored in wood, &c. ; the spirit is separated from all impurities by rectification to a strength of 60 to 67 over proof. We may mention Mr. Seppelt entirely agrees with us on the point, consequently the age conditions become harassing to the manufacturers, which we feel sure is not the intention of Parliament.

The safeguard is that the clause applies to spirits which are issued for human consumption; and, I suppose, it is not neces- sary to except methylated spirits which could not be used for that purpose.

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