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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 851

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct to 'he Minister for Civil Aviation a question that concerns the serving of imported brandy in the bars a' our major airports. Is it a fact that it is the practice in a number of these bars to serve the imported spirit unless the Aus ralian spirit is specifically requested and insisted upon? If so, does not this constitute a blatant promotion of imported brandy in an area where the local product logically should be right in the forefront and readily available to both Australian and overseas travellers? Will the Minister have this matter investigated?

Senator COTTON - Yes, I certainly will. 1 have my own particular preference in brandy. I have not done a lot of brandy drinking in Australian airport bars, but I have noticed that imported brandy is offered. When it is offered to us we look at it and say to ourselves: 'Why should I drink this instead of Australian brandy, which is amongst the world's best?' We look at the bottle and see that it has on it a label indicating that it is imported, but in fact it has been bottled in Australia. My assumption - probably not correctly based - has been that a lot of imported brandy is sold in Australia as Australian brandy under an imported label.I shall certainly look into the matter for the honourable senator.

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