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Wine Export Bounty Act 1924

Authoritative Version
Act No. 23 of 1924 as made
An Act to provide for the Payment of Bounty on the Export of Fortified Wine.
Date of Assent 17 Sep 1924
Date of repeal 05 Jun 1930
Repealed by Wine Export Bounty Act 1930

WINE EXPORT BOUNTY.

 

No. 23 of 1924.

An Act to provide for the Payment of Bounty on the Export of Fortified Wine.

[Assented to 17th September, 1924.]

Preamble.

BE it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, for the purpose of appropriating the grant originated in the House of Representatives, as follows:—

Short title.

1.  This Act may be cited as the Wine Export Bounty Act 1924.

Definition.

2.  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears—

“fortified wine” means wine, the produce of Australia, which is the fermented juice of the grape and which has been fortified so as to contain not less than thirty-four per centum of proof spirit.

Appropriation for payment of bounty.

3.  There shall be payable out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is hereby appropriated accordingly, the bounty specified in this Act.

Specification of bounty.

4.  The bounty under this Act shall be payable in respect of fortified wine exported from the Commonwealth on or after the first day of September One thousand nine hundred and twenty-four and on or before the thirty-first day of August One thousand nine hundred and twenty-seven.

Rate of bounty.

5.  The rate of bounty payable under this Act shall be Four shillings per gallon.

To whom bounty payable.

6.  The bounty shall be payable to the exporter of the fortified wine.

Conditions of payment of bounty.

7.—(1.)   Every claimant of bounty under this Act shall supply with his claim a certificate stating the quantity of Doradillo grapes purchased by him from each supplier thereof during the two years immediately preceding the date of exportation of the fortified wine in respect of which bounty is claimed, and the name of each supplier of, and the amount paid to each supplier for, such Doradillo grapes.

(2.)    Before any claim for bounty is paid the Minister may require the claimant to furnish, and the claimant shall thereupon furnish, such information as to the correctness or otherwise of the certificates supplied in accordance with the last preceding sub-section as the Minister deems necessary.

Bounty not payable unless Act complied with.

8.  No bounty shall be authorized to be paid unless the exporter of the fortified wine furnishes proof to the satisfaction of the Minister that the requirements of this Act and the regulations have been complied with.

Wine to be of good quality.

9.  No bounty shall be payable in respect of any fortified wine which is not of good and merchantable quality.

Price of Doradillo grapes used in production.

10.      The Minister may withhold the whole or any part of the bounty if he finds that a price, which in his opinion was less than a reasonable price, was paid for any Doradillo grapes used in the production of the fortifying spirit contained in the wine in respect of which the bounty is claimed.

Accounts to be kept.

11.(1.)   A claimant for bounty shall keep proper and separate books of account showing in detail—

(a) the quantity of Doradillo grapes purchased by him;

(b) the amount paid to each supplier of the Doradillo grapes;

(c) the name and address of the supplier; and

(d) such other particulars as the Minister from time to time requires.

(2.)    All books of account kept by a claimant under this section and all documents in the possession of, or under the control of, the claimant relating to Doradillo grapes shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection and audit by any person authorized in that behalf by the Minister and that person may, upon inspection or audit, make and take away extracts from those books of account and documents.

Offences against Act.

12.      No person shall—

(a) obtain any bounty which is not payable;

(b) obtain payment of any bounty by means of any false or misleading statement; or

(c) present to any officer or other person doing duty in relation to this Act or the regulations, any document, or make to any such officer or person any statement, which is false in any particular.

Penalty: One hundred pounds or imprisonment for twelve months.

Returns to be laid before Parliament.

13.      A return setting forth—

(a) the names of all persons to whom bounties are paid under this Act;

(b) the amounts of all such bounties; and

(c) such other particulars as are prescribed,

shall be prepared in the month of July in each year, and shall be laid before both Houses of the Parliament within thirty days after its preparation if the Parliament is then sitting, and, if not, then within thirty days after the next meeting thereof.

Regulations.

14.    The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters which by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed, or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed, for carrying out or giving effect to this Act, and in particular for prescribing penalties not exceeding Fifty pounds or imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months for any breach of the regulations.