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Thursday, 30 June 1994
Page: 2529

Senator TAMBLING (9.29 p.m.) —I indicate that the coalition will not be supporting the Australian Democrats' amendments to this section dealing with penalties. The penalties must be high because the cost of breeding is extremely high. It may be cheaper to steal a plant and pay a fine than to breed one. Without a large fine, small companies and individuals would be at a disadvantage. There must be penalties for people who breach the law because we have to encourage plant breeding if we are to remain competitive.