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Thursday, 16 August 1906


Mr WATSON (Bland) .- I desire to obtain definite information regarding the use of highly-rectified spirits for manufacturing purposes, even though they enter in a minute degree into human consumption. The recommendation of the Commission - and I understand that similar terms have been employed in the Bill which has been drafted to cover these resolutions - is that all spirits which enter into human consumption must be matured in wood for two years. That is a perfectly proper provision, so far as spirits which are consumed as a beverage are concerned. But I would point out that spirits which are used in essential oils require to possess a high degree of strength, and to an infinitesimal degree they enter into human.' consumption.


Mr Salmon - Thev will be classed as spirits which are used 0 for industrial purposes.


Mr WATSON - I think that that fact requires to be clearly set out.


Mr McCay - Surely the words "industrial purposes" mean that?


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The words " industrial purposes " might apply to the use of spirits for purposes such as propulsion.


Mr WATSON - Probably the intention was not to regard spirits in the form of essences as passing into .human consumption. The Prime Minister should look into this matter with a view to making the position clear, because we do not wish to penalize the manufacturers who use these highly-rectified spirits by compelling them to pay a duty of 40s. per gallon.







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