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Wednesday, 3 May 1989
Page: 1729


Senator MACKLIN(7.30) -Mr Deputy President, in my speech during the second reading debate I foreshadowed an amendment in respect of the Copyright Amendment Bill. I wish to move that amendment, which is now worded slightly differently from the amendment which has been circulated. The difference is in the preamble, which now reads:

. . . but the Senate is of the opinion that, as a matter of urgency, the Government should examine and report upon . . .

Paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d) follow, as in the circulated amendment. The reason is that the Designs Act and the Patents Act do not come under the Attorney-General's Department, whereas the Copyright Act does. In respect of the Copyright Amendment Bill, I move:

At end of motion, add ``, but the Senate is of the opinion that, the Government should examine and report upon:

(a) the implications for industrial designs of the provisions of the Copyright Amendment Bill 1988;

(b) the desirability of protection for industrial designs and the form such protection should take under either the Designs Act or the Patents Act;

(c) the adequacy and appropriateness of the present design registration system and the need for changes under that system to complement changes made to the copyright law; and

(d) the need for, and form of, any transitional provisions in the designs system following changes to copyright law which affect industrial designs''.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Senator Hill, do you wish to move your amendment?