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Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Page: 132


Senator MASON (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing) (6:05 PM) —Let me refer you again to the legislation. If the regulator must be satisfied before recommending an emergency dealing determination that the risks are able to be managed in such a way as to protect the health and safety of people and to protect the environment and if the regulator is not satisfied that those risks are able to be managed in such a way—if the regulator does not know about the GMO sufficiently—then the regulator is not able to give the minister that advice and the minister could not exercise his discretion in favour of an emergency declaration.

Question negatived.