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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2046

Senator SCOTT (Leader of the National Party of Australia)(10.00) —In the anxiety we are developing we are tending to forget the quite extraordinary safeguards in the provisions of the Bill. After all, it does retain all those Acts that are relevant in this area-quarantine, environmental protection, wildlife protection and so on. Over and above all that, the Bill still requires the unanimous decision of the agricultural Ministers from the Commonwealth and all the States before any proposed action is taken. Even if the legislation has a few minor faults, I believe they may be relevant to the emergency of getting it through. People have been waiting literally for years for an opportunity to control, by the scientific methods which we have developed , the sorts of pests that exist and which have been doing almost inestimable damage in some areas of Australia. I think that we should balance our consideration of this legislation by looking at the very real safeguards that are built into it.

Amendments negatived.