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Tuesday, 15 June 2004
Page: 23657


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 1 October 2003:

(1) When did the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) or its predecessor, the National Registration Authority, receive an application for the use of the herbicide known as Roundup as a broad acre herbicide in Australia.

(2) Who was the applicant.

(3) When is a final decision expected from the APVMA for the use of Roundup as a broad acre herbicide in Australia.

(4) To date, how much has the current application for the use of Roundup as a broad acre herbicide in Australia cost the APVMA to process.

(5) What is the expected total cost to the APVMA of processing the application.

(6) To date, what is the quantum of fees and charges which have been levied upon the applicant in relation to the application.

(7) What is the expected total of fees and charges that will be levied upon the applicant in relation to the application.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) to (7) `Roundup' is one of the names of 13 currently registered herbicide products that contain the active constituent `glyphosate'. There are 191 other herbicide products registered with the same active constituent. Products containing glyphosate have been registered in Australia for over 20 years. Many products were registered for use by State and Territory Governments prior to the establishment of the National Registration Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals but all existing products are registered with the APVMA. The registered use pattern of many of these products provide for broad acre uses.

The full details of all the registrants, formulations, approved uses, pack sizes and a copy of the approved labels for each registered product are publicly available. The APVMA advises that details of the levy revenue collected for individual products is commercial in confidence.