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Monday, 18 November 2002
Page: 6632


Senator O'BRIEN (5:55 PM) —by leave—I move opposition amendments (1) to (3) on sheet 2658:

(1) Schedule 1, page 11 (after line 10), after item 34, insert:

34A Paragraph 64(1)(e)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

(e) one member who will represent the conservation interests in relation to new plant varieties and the potential impacts of new plant varieties; and

(f) one member who will represent indigenous Australian interests in relation to new plant varieties and the source, use and impacts of new plant varieties; and

(g) 2 other members who, in the opinion of the Minister, possess qualifications or experience that are appropriate for a member of the Advisory Committee.

(2) Schedule 1, page 11 (after line 10), after item 34, insert:

34B Subsection 65(1)

Omit “and (e)”, substitute “, (e), (f) and (g)”.

(3) Schedule 1, page 11 (after line 10), after item 34, insert:

34C Subsection 67(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

(2) At a meeting of the Advisory Committee, 5 members constitute a quorum.

As I indicated earlier, the opposition does support the inclusion of members of the advisory committee representing conservation and Indigenous interests for the reasons that I outlined in the debate on the previous group of amendments. Our amendments add these two members to the existing committee, provide for their remuneration and make a consequential change to the committee quorum. It is our view that they will, without impeding the work of the committee, add to its standing and, indeed, add to its ability to perform its appropriate functions without offending the aims of this legislation and without seeking to take it beyond the area of work in which it is intended to perform. I commend the amendments to the chamber.