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Wednesday, 24 March 2004
Page: 27004

Mr TRUSS (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (9:05 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Name Change) Bill 2004 amends a suite of legislation:

to change the name of the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority; and

to introduce measures to protect the logo of the APVMA and its name from inappropriate use.

The National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals, or NRA, is the authority responsible for the national system of approvals and registrations underpinning the national agricultural and veterinary chemicals regime.

For some time, the NRA has expressed views that the title of the organisation does not adequately reflect its purpose, nor is it consistent with international nomenclature practised by other international chemical regulators and within the OECD, which sets the international standards and benchmarks for chemicals management.

In addition, a survey in 1998-99 demonstrated that the name of the organisation was not well known beyond chemical manufacturers and was often confused with the National Rifleman's Association in the USA.

Finally, the proposed amendments include provisions in the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 for the protection of the name of the APVMA, its initials, and its symbol—that is, particularly the APVMA logo.

The APVMA may give consent in writing to the use of its name, its initials or its symbol.

The proposal mirrors the protection given under the Trade Marks Act 1995 suitably adapted to the APVMA circumstances.

This is a very simple bill that will assist in this government's multiple-pronged approach to generating greater awareness of responsible chemical use amongst not only the user community but also the manufacturing industry.

I commend the bill to the House and present the explanatory memorandum.

Debate (on motion by Mr Kelvin Thomson) adjourned.