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Wednesday, 25 February 1987
Page: 585


Senator BUTTON (Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce)(12.01) —I do not want to spend too much time on this. The Government takes the view that this amendment is not necessary. Senator Vigor described himself as engaging in fantasies. I do not wish to pursue all his fantasies; indeed, that would be an unprofitable and time consuming exercise. The Government does not believe that the amendment is necessary, because if a variety altered a characteristic it would not legally be the variety to which the right attaches. I make the further point that the Secretary could revoke the right because the variety is not stable, as required in sub-clause 3 (2). That is the Government's position and I think it is an impeccable one in terms of what the powers of the Secretary are. So, we will not accept the amendment.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be inserted (Senator Powell's amendment) be inserted.