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Thursday, 4 May 1989
Page: 1754

Senator TATE (Minister for Justice)(10.16) —It might be convenient for the Senate if I indicate that, of course, the Government does not accept Senator Hill's amendment to send the matter to a Senate committee. In relation to Senator Macklin's amendment, it is the intention of the Government to draw on all the resources available to it from within both the Attorney-General's Department and the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce which has the primary oversight of the patents and designs legislation, which is relevant, along with the copyright legislation, to the particular problems which have been outlined and which need further clarification and consideration as sought by Senator Macklin's amendment. That process will be got under way. As soon as is feasible, a report will be made and perhaps I can table it in the Senate.

Amendment (Senator Hill's to Senator Macklin's) negatived.

Amendment (Senator Macklin's) agreed to.

Question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a second time.