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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1533

Senator Walsh asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 19 March 1980:

(1)   When does the Minister expect that a Plant Breeders' Rights Bill will be made available for public scrutiny.

(2)   Does the Minister intend to proceed with legislation which was being drafted for presentation to Parliament this session; if not, what factors will determine the timing and content of the new Bill.

Senator Scott - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answers to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) The principles to be incorporated in the Bill to introduce a Plant Variety Rights Scheme in Australia have been discussed with the major industry organisations concerned with plant breeding. These are the Australian Seed Producers Federation, the Australian Nurserymen's Association and the Seed Industry Association of Australia.

In accord with normal practice, the details of the Bill will remain confidential until the Bill has been considered by the Government and introduced into the Parliament.

(2)   It was anticipated that the Bill would be introduced during this Autumn session. This is now most unlikely as drafting has not as yet been completed. At this stage I am not in a position to state when the Bill will be presented to Parliament. This will depend on completing the drafting process and on the priority accorded the Bill in the whole legislative program.

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