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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 1361

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Civil Aviation. I refer to a question that I asked recently of the Minister about the sale of imported brandy at our major airports. I then asked whether it was the practice of the concessionaires to promote imported brandy in preference to the Australian product. I now ask: Has the matter been investigated and what has been the outcome of the investigation?

Senator COTTON - After the honourable senator asked me his question I had the Department of Civil Aviation check it out quite thoroughly. The ratio of sales of Australian brandy to imported brandy is 50 to 1 in favour of Australian brandy. This would give a clear indication that no-one is promoting imported brandy at the expense of Australian brandy. There was one area in which the sales of imported brandy were higher than the sales of Australian brandy. That was at the Trans-Australia Airlines concession area in Sydney. That exception is being examined by the Department. In general, we could get no impression that imported brandy was being promoted in preference to Australian brandy.

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