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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 9

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry been drawn to a statement made by Mr Allan Preece, President of the Federal Grapegrowers' Council of Australia, that imported brandy is now displacing the equivalent of 7,000 tons of wine grapes a year on the local market? Can the Minister indicate what is being done to overcome this situation which presents a major threat to the ability of grape growers to dispose of their production in future vintages?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - I have not seen the statement to which the honourable senator refers. I do know that there is some concern within the grape growing industry in regard to the flow of brandy into this country. It is my understanding that representations were made to the Tariff Board for an inquiry into the brandy industry. It is also my understanding that representatives of grape grower organisations have gone before the Tariff Board and given evidence. No doubt the evidence that has been given will be noted when the final report is made by the Tariff Board.

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