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NOTICES: Notices of Motion

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh): To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Superannuation Act 1976 and the Superannuation Act 1922, and for related purposes.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) as a matter of national food security, upholds the principle that the seeds and cuttings of plants are a public resource and a common heritage to all and that accordingly, seeds should be freely available to all, freely multipliable, able to be sold, exchanged, exported and imported by anyone who wishes;

(b) recognises that plant breeding is a highly co-operative venture often involving private enterprise at the very last stages after basic seed collection, storage, and research has been publicly funded, and that legislation establishing plant patenting schemes overseas has resulted in the subordination and curtailment of public breeding programs in many countries;

(c) in view of the aforementioned, recognises that any system giving ''property'' or ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises is inappropriate and unjust; and

(d) rejects the majority recommendation of the Report of the Senate Standing Committee on National Resources on Plant Variety Rights, that ''the Commonwealth consider the introduction of a PVR scheme in Australia''.

Contingent Notice of Motion: The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) gave a Contingent Notice of Motion, as follows: To move (contingent on any Senator being refused leave to make a statement to the Senate)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent that Senator making that statement.