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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Sir JOHN QUICK (Bendigo) . - I wish to supplement the remarks of the honorable member for Perth by placing on record two brief extracts from the evidence of experts in regard to this subject. Dr. Thomas Fiaschi, surgeon, of Macquariestreet, Sydney, said in reply to question 21279 that no spirit should be sold until it reached a certain age, in reply to question 2 1 281, that spirits should be aged before being consumed, and, in reply to question: 21323, that they should not be allowed to go into consumption unless threeyears old.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - He is a great authority upon wine, and a medical man of high standing.

Sir JOHN QUICK - Dr. George Harker, B.Sc, of the Sydney University, and D.Sc. of the London University, a chemist in the employment of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, gave similar evidence.

Mr Fowler - He is one of the most uptodate chemists in Australia.

Sir JOHN QUICK - He is a young scientist, whose evidence was considered of very great value by the Commission. He specially investigated certain points for us. and received the thanks of the Commission for the valuable information which he put before us. He said -

It has been found during the process of maturing spirits that some of the obnoxious constituents diminished in quantity. With brandy the proportion of furfural diminished with age, and the proportion of esters, and of higher alcohols increased. This was supposed to be due to the formation of esters of a peculiar kind, from which old spirit obtained its aroma. From a scientific point of view, the ageing of spirits improved them by removing some of the deleterious constituents, but it was difficult to say to which of the esters or of thehigher alcohols the beneficial effects of spirit were due.

Mr Johnson - Does he say by what process the removal of obnoxious constituents is accomplished ?

Sir JOHN QUICK - No. That is one of the inscrutable secrets of nature. It was on scientific evidence such as I have read that we based our recommendation, without discriminating between spirits of high strength and spirits of low strength.

Amendment agreed to.

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