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Tuesday, 6 April 1971


Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

(1)   Did Messrs Harry Palmer. General Manager of the Australian Wine Board, and Elton Johnson, Chairman of the Renmark Growers Distillery, in a Press statement at the weekend express alarm at the repercussions of the incidence of the 50c per gallon wine tax.

(2)   Did these authorities stale that the excise is crippling the previously prosperous South Australian wine industry.

(3)   Has the Renmark Growers' Distillery the fourth largest winery in Australia experienced an actual drop in sales of 30 per cent since the imposition of the tax.

(4)   Will the Minister for Customs and Excise give immediate consideration to the abolition of the tax as some other wineries are believed to have experienced a50 per cent drop in sales.







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