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Wednesday, 4 December 1985
Page: 2865

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

We the undersigned concerned Australian citizens respectfully point out:

That we recognise the Commonwealth Government's genuine concern and respect for United Nation's initiatives and policies.

We, your petitioners, humbly pray that your honourable House will take notice:

1. That the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation has stated that `All seeds and other plant breeding material is the heritage of all mankind, and should be freely available to all'.

2. That by the granting of plant variety rights and patents thousands of plant varieties and plant genetic diversity has been lost forever and many countries now regret having legislated for such patents and rights.

3. That we reject the principle that PVR legislation is either just, necessary or desirable for Australia.

4. That you will remember the UN statement as outlined above and reject any moves to have PVR legislation enacted by your government.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.