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Notice given 11 December 2002

327  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the recent $US3 million fine imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture on ProdiGene, a biotechnology company, for contamination of soybeans meant for human consumption with genetically-engineered corn containing a vaccine,

(ii) that 500 000 bushels of food crop must now be destroyed,

(iii) that research into such pharma-foods (genetically-engineered crops containing vaccines, medicines and drugs) is occurring in Australia, and

(iv) that pharma-foods, because they contain drugs, may create serious health and safety issues in Australia, including by misuse and contamination; and

(b) urges the Government to prevent the commercial release of pharma-foods in Australia until all issues relating to health, safety, environment and contamination are fully resolved.

330  Senator Forshaw: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the failure of the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) and the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Alston) to extend proper recognition and congratulations to the achievement of David Gulpilil and other winners of the Australian Film Industry (AFI) awards;

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to extend similar public recognition and congratulations to the AFI and the winners of AFI awards as he has extended in the past to our sporting heroes.