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Y ^ f I STATEMENT BY

H M THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY

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U ' | THE H O lilA N SINCLAIRM.P.

2 February 1977

PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS SCHEME

AT ITS 100TH MEETING IN LAUNCESTON ON 1 AND 2 FEBRUARY THE

AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL COUN CIL. APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE THE OUTLINE

OF A PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS SCHEME. ' . ■

THE SCHEME WOULD PROVIDE FOR THE GRANTING OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS TO '

BREEDERS OR OWNERS OF NEW VA RIETIES OF PLANTS CAPABLE OF REGISTRATION

IT WOULD BE BASED ON CR IT E R IA SIMILAR TO THOSE OF SCHEMES IN OTHER

COUNTRIES» r . '

THE SCHEME WOULD BE CAPABLE OF ENCOMPASSING AMY SPECIES' BUT THE

COUNCIL AGREED THAT THE COVERAGE OF INDIVIDUAL SPECIES SHOULD- BE .

INTRODUCED PROGRESSIVELY BY REGULATION» ' '

ALTHOUGH THE INCLUSION OF GRAINS AND CERTAIN FIELD CROPS WAS NOT ' -FAVOURED, THERE WOULD BE EMPHASIS ON OTHER SPECIES OF AGRICULTURAL

AND HORTICULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE» . , ,

IT WOULD BE INTENDED'THAT’ THE SCHEME SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED BY A

REGISTRAR IN THE COMMONWEALTH DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRY. . '

HE WOULD BE SUPPORTED BY AN ADVISORY COUNCIL WITH REPRESENTATION .

FROM INDUSTRY AMD U N IV E R S IT IE S AS WELL AS FROM STATE DEPARTMENTS '

RESPONSIBLE FOR AGRICULTURE. ' '

THE SCHEME WOULD ULTIMATELY BE SELF SUPPORTING»

WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS AUSTRALIA WOULD HAVE

ACCESS TO USEFUL V A R IETIES FROM OVERSEAS, ■

LOCAL PLANT BREEDING SHOULD ALSO BE -STIMULATED. ; ' '

THE COUNCIL REQUESTED THE COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT TO PROCEED WITH

LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH THE SCHEME AFTER EXAMINATION OF AMY.

CONSTITUTIONAL PRORl FMS INVOLVED.. ' . ' ' ' . '