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Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Page: 4912


Senator GRIFF (South Australia) (16:10): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator GRIFF: In my view, a review is definitely in order. As this motion highlights, there are potentially serious issues because this product is liberally used in Australia. The reason I say that is that I have repeatedly asked in estimates for regulators to provide a copy of the research they rely on to determine the acceptable daily intake of glyphosate in food. Food Standards Australia New Zealand don't possess this research, and they directed me recently to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. The APVMA also tell me they don't have it either. It appears that our regulators have taken a set-and-forget attitude on this particular product. So now is definitely an appropriate time for a formal review.