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Monday, 18 November 2002
Page: 6632

Senator TROETH (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (5:54 PM) — The government will not be supporting these amendments either. The membership of the advisory committee is already open to consumers, conservationists, Indigenous people, breeders, users and others that the minister considers to have appropriate qualifications and experience. Individuals are selected on merit. We believe not to represent vested interests and all vacancies are advertised. Further, we see it as inappropriate to attempt to involve plant breeders rights and the committee in issues of weediness, genetically modified organisms et cetera, as we believe these are properly dealt with in other specific legislation. We will not be supporting the amendments.

Question negatived.