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  • Policy Subcategory: Biotechnology/GM

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Biotechnology/GM

  • Preview Technical review of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (the Technical Review) (PDF 31.2 kb)
    Submitted to Office of Gene Technology Regulator on 21 February, 2018

    The NFF recognise the potential of gene technology as a valuable tool within agricultural production systems. The NFF is supportive of the Technical Review’s objective to clarify definitions and bring GT regulations in line with scientific developments. The NFF recognise that a range of new technology has been developed that creates ambiguity as to what constitutes a GMO, and the NFF is supportive of the OGTR clarifying these definitions, particularly in relation to organisms that have not inherited traits as a result of GT or those that are temporarily modified but the modification is no longer present in the organism.

  • Preview Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme 2017 Consultation Paper (PDF 254.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Health on 15 December, 2017

    The NFF supports gene technology research and development and believes that the outcomes of this R&D can contribute to meeting Australia’s future challenges in areas such as economic growth, human health and environmental sustainability. The NFF supports the current technical review process based on scientific and technological knowledge and would like to emphasise how crucial it is to be guided by scientific input to create a regulatory environment conducive to innovation. However, it is important that regulation is warranted, appropriately targeted, clearly communicated, and that restrictions are minimised as far as possible to avoid perverse outcomes.

  • Preview Discussion Paper: Options for regulating new technologies. (PDF 279.0 kb)
    Submitted to Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Department of Health on 16 December, 2016

    The submission states that farmers should have a choice in deciding whether to use gene technology or conventional breeding.

    The guiding principle in determining whether a product should be regulated by the OGTR or not should be whether the modification introduces new genetic material. If the change uses technologies such as gene editing, producing a result that could have occurred in nature, it should not be regulated by OGTR.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling - Genetically Modified Material) Bill 2010: Submission (PDF 98.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Community Affairs Committee on 10 February, 2011

    The NFF's 10 February 2011 submission to the Inquiry into the Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling - Genetically Modified Material) Bill 2010 advocates Australian farmers should have the opportunity to adopt production methods best suited to their business and production system needs.

  • Preview Review of the WA Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Act 2003: Submission (DOC 35.0 kb)
    Submitted to Western Australian Government on 13 August, 2009

    The NFF's 13 August 2009 submission to the Western Australian Government's review of the Genetically Modified Free Areas Act 2003, expresses concerns about the impact of the Act on the profitability and competitiveness of farmers in Western Australia.

  • Preview NSW Government's GM Moratorium Review: Submission (PDF 203.0 kb)
    Submitted to NSW Government on 3 September, 2007

    The NFF's 29 August 2007 submission calls on the NSW Government to lift its moratorium on gene technology.

  • Preview Victorian Government’s GM Moratorium Review: Submission (PDF 84.7 kb)
    Submitted to Victorian Government on 13 August, 2007

    The NFF's 13 August 2007 submission calls on the Victorian Government to lift its moratorium on gene technology.

  • Preview South Australian Government’s GM Moratorium Review: Submission (PDF 93.5 kb)
    Submitted to South Australian Government on 13 August, 2007

    The NFF's 13 August 2007 submission calls on the South Australian Government to lift its moratorium on gene technology.

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