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Monday, 18 November 2002
Page: 6634


Senator O'BRIEN (6:02 PM) —I welcome the response of the government, which I think is important and is a reflection of the fact that this amendment does no harm to the functioning of the regime of plant breeders rights. In relation to many of the comments made by Senator Cherry, I would refer him to comments I have already made in the debate. In relation to the proposals which were reiterated about the selection process contained in amendment (18), I think that we are talking about complexities which would not necessarily add anything to the process of representation. I would strongly urge the government, in considering appointment, to consult with the conservation organisations. I know there are a number of them, so it is difficult to prescribe a process of determining just who would make the recommendation, but I would urge the government to consult with those organisations and certainly with ATSIC about appropriate members of the advisory committee from those organisations' point of view. It is the opposition's belief that, until it is established that it is not possible for the regime that we propose to function, we are satisfied with the regime we propose for the minister to appoint.

Question agreed to.