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Thursday, 16 August 1906

Sir JOHN QUICK (Bendigo) .- I trust that the Prime Minister will agree to at once make the necessary alteration in the motion. I do not wish to take action, but the time has. arrived when we should finally decide this question. I fail to see why we should not settle it now once and for all. ~ It seems to be highly improper that a question of this kind should be dealt with by regulation. I urge the Prime Minister to move that spirit for fortifying Australian wine should be subject to an Excise duty of 6d. per gallon.

Not a member of the Committee approves of the alteration. A charge of 66. a gallon was suggested by every official whose evidence was taken in the six States, and no doubt the present proposal has come from some one in the central office.

Mr Fisher - It is the Minister's proposal.

Sir JOHN QUICK - It is based on the Departmental memorandum which has been read. If the Prime Minister does not take action in this matter, I shall.

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