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Notice given 11 December 2002

327  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the recent $US3 million fine imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture on ProdiGene, a biotechnology company, for contamination of soybeans meant for human consumption with genetically-engineered corn containing a vaccine,

(ii) that 500 000 bushels of food crop must now be destroyed,

(iii) that research into such pharma-foods (genetically-engineered crops containing vaccines, medicines and drugs) is occurring in Australia, and

(iv) that pharma-foods, because they contain drugs, may create serious health and safety issues in Australia, including by misuse and contamination; and

(b) urges the Government to prevent the commercial release of pharma-foods in Australia until all issues relating to health, safety, environment and contamination are fully resolved.

On 19 March 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented in respect of the 2002-03 additional estimates.

Superannuation—Select Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment Bill 2002 and the Superannuation (Financial Assistance Funding) Levy Amendment Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors’ Bonuses) Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

Issues from the Advance to the Finance Minister as a final charge for the year ended 30 June 2002

Consideration in committee of the whole ( 6 February 2003 ).

Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors’ Bonuses) Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Webber, 3 March 2003 ).

Three sitting days after today (19 March 2003)

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion