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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2045


Senator MACKLIN(9.52) —I move:

8. Page 14, after sub-clause 30 (2) add the following new sub-clause:

'(3A) Where the Authority issues a notice under sub-section (1) the Authority shall direct that an inquiry under Part VII be conducted in respect of the declaration.'.

15. Page 19, sub-clause 38 (1), line 12, after '28 (1) (e)', insert '30 (3)'.

The Australian Democrats accept that swift action may have to be taken in an emergency. I know that last night Senator Hill suggested there may not be such a thing as an emergency in this area. I replied by way of interjection, which I do not think got into Hansard, that we will probably have an emergency next year with the proliferation of politicians in this place and we may have to act very rapidly to try to stamp that out if it grows.


Senator Haines —That is genetic engineering.


Senator MACKLIN —It is genetic engineering is it, not biological control? We accept that there may be an emergency and I do not think that one can be as dogmatic as Senator Hill was in saying that one could never have such an emergency in this area. We are happy enough to say that there could be one-one could foresee extreme circumstances. We believe that that provision should be in the Bill. We feel that if those organisms are declared, the inquiry and investigation procedures should be initiated at the same time as an emergency declaration. The reason for that is that it will allow remedial action to take place as soon as possible should that subsequent inquiry find that the declaration is not in the public interest.