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Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2007

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The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia





Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2007


(1)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 5 (line 27) to page 12 (line 12), TO BE OPPOSED .

[emergency dealing determinations]

(Amendments (2) to (4) are alternatives to amendment (1))

(2)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 7 (after line 27), at the end of section 72B, add:

             (5)  For the purpose of this Act, an emergency dealing determination may only be made in respect of a medical emergency.

[limited medical emergency]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 7 (lines 15 to 19), omit paragraphs 72B(3)(a) to (c), substitute:

                     (a)  a threat from the outbreak of human disease;

                     (b)  a threat from an industrial spillage.

[definition of threat]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 12 (after line 12), after section 72E, insert:

72F  Guidelines for emergency response

                   The Minister must, by legislative instrument, issue guidelines for emergency responses under the Gene Technology Act 2000 and the Gene Technology Agreement.

[guidelines disallowable]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 39, page 22 (line 28), at the end of subsection 50A(1), add:

            ; and (d)  on the basis of a full written assessment, the release of a genetically engineered or genetically modified organism into the environment poses no risk to the environment.

[assessment before release]

(6)     Schedule 1, items 34 and 35, page 16 (line 17) to page 21 (line 14), TO BE OPPOSED .

[consultative and ethics committees]