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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26427


Senator RIDGEWAY (10:27 PM) —I am going to ask the minister some questions in relation to copyright extension and copyright duration. In particular, does the minister agree that the free trade agreement with the United States will not provide uniform standards with respect to copyright duration in Australia? It is a relevant question when you consider the copyright term of Australia and whether or not that will be harmonised with other major trading partners in Asia, the Middle East, Canada and New Zealand. More particularly, it goes to the question of whether we are going to have a series of different arrangements with different trading partners. Doesn't the extension of the copyright term by 20 years not only set a bad precedent but also put us out of sync with our other trading partners?