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Thursday, 7 June 1984
Page: 2740


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(12.23) —in reply-I thank the Senate for its speedy consideration of this Bill at the second reading stage. It must be appreciated that the speed with which the matter has been addressed in no way denigrates the significance of this issue. As I indicated in my second reading speech, it is the Government's desire to treat this as merely an interim measure and to give effective consideration to the longer term implications of the whole computer software issue. It is a matter in which we obviously acknowledge the force of the arguments that have been put around-that copyright protection in its traditional form may not be the most appropriate long term way of dealing with this issue. Certainly in the short term there needs to be the degree of certainty in the computer industry that this legislation will provide. I wish the Bill a speedy passage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.