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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 9

To the Honourable Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned showeth that your petitioners are gravely concerned at the prospect of the proposed Plant Breeder's Rights Legislation. The reasons are as follows:

(1)   We believe it will restrict free growing and exchange or sale of non-chemically treated seeds.

(2)   We believe it will cause a decline in the genetic diversity of plants as evidenced in Europe following implementation of similar legislation there.

(3)   We believe that prolonged public debate is necessary as is a referendum before a final decision is made.

(4)   We believe that implementation of this Legislation could lead to the control of growing and distribution of food and, through this, the control of the peoples by a few Corporations.

Your petitioners, therefore, humbly request that Parliament take positive action as soon as possible to arrest the implementation of such legislation.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will every pray, etc. by Mr Anthony. Petition received.

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