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Thursday, 4 December 2003
Page: 19187


Senator TROETH (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (1:25 PM) —The government notes the comments made by the ALRC in relation to the protection of Indigenous designs. The government agrees with the ALRC that the special issues associated with Indigenous works cannot adequately be addressed through general designs law and notes that the ALRC did not make any recommendations on the protection of Indigenous designs. The protection of Indigenous culture and artworks is an issue that this government takes very seriously. Australia is taking an active part in discussions at an international level through participation in the World Intellectual Property Organisation's intergovernmental committee on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore. In addition, as announced in May this year the government will introduce amendments to the Copyright Act to give effect to Indigenous communal moral rights. These rights will protect the integrity and sanctity of Indigenous culture, but the government will not be supporting the Democrat amendment.

Question agreed to.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.

Bill read a second time.