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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 53

Dr J F CAIRNS (Lalor) (Minister for Overseas Trade and Minister for Secondary Industry) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The amendment contained in the Bill now before the House removes the excise duty from wine produced from fresh grapes, being wine that does not contain any added sweetening matter. Honourable members are aware that one of the first actions of this Government was to invoke provisions in excise by-laws to allow wine to be entered for home consumption without payment of duty. The Bill now under consideration retains the duty on certain artificially sweetened wines which were liable to such a duty prior to the imposition in 1970 of an excise on commercial fresh grape wines. I commend the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr Chipp) adjourned.

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