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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Page: 3368

Breeding Techniques

(Question No. 911)

Mr Zappia asked the Minister representing the Minister for Rural Health, in writing, on 6 February 2018:

What potential conflicts of interest were disclosed by each panel member in the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand Expert Advisory Group on New Breeding Techniques.

Mr Hunt: The Minister for Rural Health has provided the following answer to the honorable member’s question

Members of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Expert Advisory Group on New Breeding Techniques have made the following declarations:

Declarations of interest - EAG NBT members



Allan Green

Employed by CSIRO Agriculture & Food, a government research agency engaged in research on NBTs within the scope of the EAG’s deliberations

Has been involved in the development of 2 products which will be presented to FSANZ for regulatory approval over the next 2 years. Approvals will be sought by CSIRO’s respective commercial licensees, not by CSIRO directly

Has participated in 2 previous FSANZ workshops on NBTs

John Knight

Will be sitting on an ethics committee reviewing the role of gene drives to control pests in New Zealand

Goetz Laible

Is working in the field of and applying new breeding techniques (in animals)

Is employed by AgResearch, a Crown Research Institute engaged in the application of new breeding techniques

Dianne Nicol

Member of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee

Member NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee

Member NHMRC Australian Ethics Committee

Law academic with research interests focussing on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic technologies

Made a submission to the OGTR Technical Review of the Gene Technology Regulations

Brian Priestly

Currently appointed as a FSANZ Fellow

Previous member of the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (2009-13)

Previous appointment to FSANZ technical working groups and paid peer reviews of FSANZ technical reports

Previous Chair of a FSANZ Workshop on the Role of Animal Feeding Studies in GM Safety Assessment

Sally Symes

Made a submission to the OGTR Technical Review of the Gene Technology Regulations

Mark Tizard

Conducts scientific research funded by the Australian Government into the use and potential application of NBTs in animal agriculture

Did attend a conference in the last 12 months paid for by CropLife

Is currently managing the development of a business plan for CSIRO to provide research services to Peregrine Biotechnologies Inc (UC Berkley, USA) which will involve the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to edit genes in ducks. The work will use existing CSIRO IP, with any new IP being owned by Peregrine Biotechnologies. Will not receive any direct financial benefit as a result of the contract, once signed.

Barbara Burlingame


Rob Lanfear

Teaches an undergraduate course at the ANU that includes course work on the ethical and societal aspects of genetically modified crops.