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The Smoking Gun

As promised last month, have finally uncovered the evidence to demonstrate that Australia did implement a formal ban of absinthe.

A small, almost easily missed notice in the Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 6 November 1925

Importation of Absinthe – Melbourne, Thursday

It is notified in the Commonwealth “Gazette” this week that absinthe has been added to the list of goods of which the importation into Australia is prohibited under the provenance <?> of the Customs Act.

So there you have it Рthe pieces now fall into place. Although, as with the current Customs requirements for an import permit for absinthe due to the listing of Wormwood as a Restricted ingredient Рthis legislative move would not have prevented the manufacture of Absinthe within Australia, it only prevents the unrestricted importation.  Alas, by this time the wind had probably been taken out of the sails of domestic absinthe consumption in any case.

Speaking of Smoking Guns Рcrime writer, administrator of Crimespace and absinthe tragic, Daniel Hatadi is formally joining the team.  Watch out for his reviews and views on anything that may take his fancy.

Posted by Jonathan on Jan 26th 2011 | Filed in Culture,History,News,People,Regulations | Comments (0)