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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1499


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(11.00) —I move:

Page 12, clause 9, proposed new section 27A, after sub-section (2), add the following sub-section:

'(3) Where there is an application to manufacturing of the results of a project which has been carried out under arrangements made under sub-section (1), such application shall be undertaken by a company under a contract entered into by the Commonwealth and that company after tenders for that contract have been invited.'.

This amendment really picks up the point which was made by the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator Button) in his second reading speech about the intentions of the Government. The Minister said that it was intended that commercial development work which had been effectively done by the Government would be contracted out to industry through a tender process with the Commonwealth meeting the cost. He said:

The outcome of such projects would remain the property of the Commonwealth and the rights for commercial production of successful developments would be put to tender.

What I am proposing is simply to put that arrangement in a statutory form, not because I doubt that the present Minister would not follow through on that but because he is the Minister for the time being. I think this provision ought to be enshrined in the Act and not simply left to the intention of a particular Minister. I hope that my motion will be satisfactory to the Government and the Australian Democrats.