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Wednesday, 15 May 1985
Page: 1945

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that:

Upon evidence from within Australia and overseas, the introduction of Plant Variety Rights legislation would not be in Australia's best interests because:

1. Plant genetic resources should remain a public resource;

2. Australia's public plant breeding programs could be undermined;

3. Such legislation may lead to a reduction in the genetic diversity of commercial varieties;

4. There is reason to fear that choices of seed and other plant propagation materials may be restricted due to the controls placed on their use;

5. Plant Varietal Rights legislation could lead to higher costs for the grower, the consumer, the plant-breeder and the tax-payer;

6. Plant Variety Rights will lead to a further increase in foreign control of Australia's plant genetic resources;

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that Parliament ensure that it recognises the widespread public opposition to PVR and promote alternative means of royalty collection for plant breeders.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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