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Thursday, 15 December 1983
Page: 3889

Senator COLSTON —I direct a question to the Attorney-General. It follows the question that Senator Haines asked last week and the question she asked earlier today. I ask: Has the Attorney-General's attention been drawn to a call in the media by the President of the Australian Computer Society Inc. for copyright legislation to protect persons who develop computer software? Has the Australian Computer Society made formal representations to the Government on this matter?

Senator GARETH EVANS —Yes, my attention has been drawn to that matter. I believe that such formal representations either have been made or are about to be made although I have not yet seen them come across my desk. I do take note of the point that Senator Colston is making as indeed I did of that made by Senator Haines earlier on. I can assure both honourable senators and the Senate generally that action will be taken as soon as an appropriate strategy can be resolved balancing out the interests of all relevant parties to ensure that there is proper protection in this area because I am sure every honourable senator would acknowledge the desirability of that being the case.