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Wednesday, 4 May 1994
Page: 178


Senator COULTER (12.29 p.m.) —I move:

1.Clause 5, page 2, subclause (1), definition of "biomass feedstocks", line 11, omit "or animals".

I understand that the government is supporting this amendment, which in a sense is quite trivial, although the government may have brought the bill itself into some disrepute. Clause 5(1) states:

. . . "biomass feedstocks" means feedstocks sourced from plants or animals grown in Australia but does not include feedstocks sourced from fossil fuels . . .

The mention there of animals is rather difficult to bring into line with the notion that this is actually a fuel ethanol bill. While I guess a very good synthetic chemist might be able to manufacture ethanol out of animal products, he or she might have some difficulty. Clearly, the main source would be plant and not animal. We are suggesting, and I understand the government is agreeing, that `or animals' be omitted from that clause.