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HEALTH—GENE PATENTS

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senators Di Natale and Heffernan, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1294—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court that human genes are not eligible for patent protection;

 (b) recognises that this ruling is a significant development in the debate over gene patenting and the future of medical research; and

 (c) urges the Australian Government to consider the implications of this for the Patents Act 1990.

Question put and passed.