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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7031


Senator MURPHY (5:36 PM) —I agree with the minister's last statement about a holistic approach. I want to take a holistic approach that puts the horse before the cart, not the cart before the horse, which is exactly what the minister has proposed when she said, `Let's charge off down the research racetrack and do whatever we can and patent whatever we can patent and then we will have a review in two years time and see whether we need to have any laws with regard to patents and intellectual property.' Minister, I do not agree with that approach. I would like to ask you this question: if you, as the minister, believed that there were things that could be patented but which you thought ought not be patented, under the current acts how would you go about stopping that?