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Thursday, 30 June 1994
Page: 2520


Senator SHERRY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) (8.25 p.m.) —The irony from our point of view of the Democrats' proposed amendment is that, whilst they are arguing that our definition has too much latitude, we are advised that what in effect they are doing by including the words `make such derivation empirically the case' at the end of their amendment is opening up the definition too far. In fact, in attempting to tighten up the definition those words will in fact open it up. We have taken the definition from the UPOV convention, and it includes the elements of article 14. As I said earlier, this matter has been debated for three years in consultation with breeders internationally. For that reason, we have chosen to go with that definition.

  Amendment negatived.