Senate debates

Tuesday, 3 March 2015


Genetically Modified Crops

3:55 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move general business notice of motion No. 620:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the intention of the Western Australian State government to review its Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Act 2003;

(b) calls on the Western Australian State government to retain the legislative framework that creates genetically-modified organism (GMO) free areas within Western Australia;

(c) notes the enormous financial costs, including court fees and loss of income, that Mr Steve Marsh has incurred after having his organic farm contaminated by genetically-modified (GM) canola from a neighbouring farm; and

(d) calls on the federal government to facilitate the creation of a national contamination insurance scheme that ensures that the clean-up and loss of income costs associated with cleaning up a GMO contamination is funded by levies on GM crops.

Question negatived.