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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7046

Senator HOGG (7:58 PM) —I am not going to take up a great deal of time on this, but I believe that it certainly does not make any other requirement a lesser requirement. The reason for the inclusion of those two specific parts applying to the applicant is that they really lead to the quintessential reason why one would be making an application. If one is not going to see the likelihood of a significant advance in knowledge and an improvement in technologies for treatments, or if the significant advance in knowledge or improvement in technologies could be reasonably achieved by other means, the application is really a wasteful one indeed. So, whilst I hear and understand what the minister says, I do not believe the inclusion of those additional qualifications is limiting in any way.

As I said—and I pointed this out to the committee—the qualifications were directly lifted out of appendix 1 of the COAG agreement. The amendment is seeking not to selectively quote from the COAG agreement but to put stringent and tight requirements into the legislation to ensure that applicants clearly understand that, if an application is to be made to the NHMRC Licensing Committee, the person making the application must be able to demonstrate that the matters envisaged in amendment (7) are of importance in making that application. I recommend the amendment to the Senate.

Question negatived.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Bolkus)—We now move to Senator Collins's amendments (3) to (5) on sheet 2693.