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Thursday, 30 June 1994
Page: 2527

Senator COULTER (9.18 p.m.) —The word `producer' does not appear in the definitions at all. The nearest we have to it is `reproduction'. The ordinary meaning of the word `producer' in the context of this legislation would mean the producer of the actual varieties. In other words, by definition it includes a person who is actually included under paragraph (b). While I take the point that the parliamentary secretary has made—that there may be other users, and perhaps `users' would be a better word—I wonder whether the committee would consider the word `users' rather than `producers'.

  I also accept the point the parliamentary secretary made that there would be people who are not normally farmers but who are users of the varieties. But somebody who is actually in the position of the user of the plant variety should be on this advisory committee. With the indulgence of the committee, I wonder if the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator Collins) would consider putting the word `user' in the bill rather than `producer' because I think that sort of person needs to be on that committee.