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Friday, 20 February 1987
Page: 359

Senator COLLARD (Leader of the National Party of Australia)(10.54) —I just reiterate what I said in my speech in the second reading debate.

Senator Walsh —Put it on the record that the Democrats want to stop farmers maximising their income.

Senator COLLARD —I thank the Minister. That is really what it gets down to. The Australian Democrats want to stop farmers maximising their income particularly when times are as hard as they are. We will not be supporting any of the amendments. The concept of plant variety rights has been around for years. There have been numerous inquiries to which the public has been able to make submissions. Those inquiries have all come up with a recommendation that PVR proceed. The Industries Assistance Commission has recommended it quite a few times. I doubt whether there is any major primary producer organisation that is against PVR.

Senator Sheil —It works in other parts of the world.

Senator COLLARD —It works in other parts of the world; I do not know why it could not work here. We do not want to see this legislation held up any further than it has been. Obviously, the Democrats are out to filibuster. So, I will not take any further part in the Committee stage. I do not want to give any substance to the Luddite mentality which is prevailing in the Democrats today.

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Powell's) be agreed to.