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Thursday, 16 August 1906

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - With the permission of the Committee, I should like to alter the provision whose insertion I have proposed bv substituting for the term " blended grain brandy" the term "blended spirit,'* and the necessary consequential amendment and bv adding the words " on and after 17 th August, 1906'." When the Spirit Bill is before them, honorable members will have an opportunity to consider the question of labelling, but the alterations which I now propose will remove the imputation which honorable members fear may be made to the detriment of wine brandy, and the reflection on spirit distilled from materials other than grain. We . are dealing only with such spirit as will receive the approved brands recommended by 'the Tariff Commission. Importers and merchants will still be able to sell as brandy or as whisky whatever compounds they choose to designate by those names, and practices such as that referred to by the honorable member for Hindmarsh will go on unchecked until the Parliaments of the States pass laws to deal with them. The Victorian Parliament has recently passed an Act prohibiting adulteration, but the Commonwealth Parliament is powerless to legislate on the subject within States, except to the extent likely to be provided for by the Bill.

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