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Thursday, 30 June 1994
Page: 2526


Senator SHERRY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) (9.13 p.m.) —The reason for opposing the deletion of the provisions that Senator Coulter has referred to, and the aim of the provisions that he is seeking to delete, is to provide an opportunity for breeders of certain commodities to apply to the minister—I emphasise that they have to apply to the minister—to extend the protection period of the commodity for a fixed period. The example we have been given is particular timber species, because the protection period of 25 years may be insufficient, particularly in the case of timber species, to ensure returns on the breeder's investment over a breeding cycle of, say, 50 years. There are obviously some timber species that grow for longer than 25 years. In fact, I would have thought there would be many of them. That is the reason why we oppose the deletion of the provisions that Senator Coulter has referred to. There are similar public notice safeguards included in the government amendment of proposed new subclause 68A, which is referred to under the proposed amendments 8 and 9.

  Amendments negatived.