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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1869


Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister for Customs and Excise aware that imported brandy is causing a considerable downturn in sales of Australian brandy? Is he also aware of reports that this cheap imported brandy is being marketed in various quarters as Australian brandy and that some of this brandy has not been distilled from natural grape juice and matured in wood for at least 2 years as required under the Spirits Act? In view of the damage being done to the Australian brandy industry by these imports, will the Minister explore the possibility of curtailing the great volume of cheap brandy imports into Australia?


Senator MURPHY - I am aware of statements to the effect of what has been stated by the honourable senator. I am not able immediately to verify the statements as he has put them. I am aware that the industry is very concerned about such imports. I shall look into the matter to see what can be done to assist what is a very important industry to Australia.







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