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Thursday, 19 February 1987
Page: 329

Senator TOWNLEY(10.21) —I rise to speak very briefly about the Plant Variety Rights Bill 1986, because I have spoken about PVR on other occasions in this chamber when a report from the Senate Standing Committee on National Resources was debated. Of course, we have discussed PVR within the Parliament on different occasions for some 10 years and there have been attempts by different governments to have some form of PVR introduced into this country. As I implied a moment ago, I was a member of the Senate Standing Committee on National Resources which brought in a report a couple of years ago in support of PVR. I am therefore very pleased to see this Bill here before the Senate.

I do not want to delay the Senate because I believe that we should pass this Bill as soon as possible. In fact, I think there has been more talk about it today than I would have liked. I know many people have had to put their position on the record. I believe mine is on the record by way of the report of that Senate Committee which, incidentally, had two dissenting members. I believe PVR will be, first of all, of great assistance to my State of Tasmania. I believe it will be of assistance to the whole country. I refer those who are interested in this matter to that Senate Committee report that was brought in a couple of years ago. I would like to see this legislation passed. Many previous speakers have detailed their reasons both for and against it, and I believe the arguments for the legislation far exceed those against it. I hope that we will even get past the second reading stage this evening.