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Thursday, 13 April 1972
Page: 1072

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry seen a report in this morning's Canberra Times' to the effect that Professor Grant has completed his inquiry on the Australian wine industry, that his report is now in the hands of the Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Sinclair, and that the report recommends the lifting of the 50c per gallon wine excise which was imposed in the 1970-71 Budget? If the report in the Canberra Times' is correct, can the Minister inform the Senate how long it will be before Professor Grant's report is tabled and how soon the Government will act to carry out his recommendations?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - I have seen the report to which the honourable senator has refered. I have no information to suggest that Professor Grant's report is now in the hands of the Minister, and certainly the Minister has made no announcement about receiving the report or that the Government intends to take certain action, so the article can only be expressing views which are purely supposition.

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