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Wednesday, 25 February 1987
Page: 577


Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Resources and Energy)(10.58) —The Bill does specify a term of 20 years from the date of application. For some tree fruit the test growing period may last two to four years or longer, thus reducing the owner's effective period to capitalise on the new variety. The terms in other countries that have plant variety rights include: New Zealand, which has 23 years for trees and so on, and 20 years for other varieties; the United Kingdom with 25 to 30 years for trees and 20 years for others; Japan with 18 years for trees and 15 years for others; and the United States of America with 18 years from the date of the grant. Under those circumstances, and against the background of those comparisons, for reasons that should be self-evident, the Government will oppose the amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Proposed new clause 32a.