AUS – WA GOVT STARTS GM LAW REPEAL DEBATE
11 May 2016. Source: ABC Rural – www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-11/gm-repeal-debate-begins/7405986
Debate got underway in the upper house of Western Australia’s Parliament on Tuesday night on legislation to repeal the WA Genetically Modified Crop Free Areas Act 2003.
The act prohibits the cultivation of genetically modified crops in WA. It was introduced by the Gallop Labor Government.
In 2003 canola was released in Australia containing a GM trait that makes the plant resistant to the herbicide glyphosate.
Farmers in WA grow GM canola via an exemption to the Genetically Modified Crop Free Areas Act, but the current Liberal Government wants to repeal the act and remove it.
This would see regulation of GM crops in WA rest with the national Office of Gene Technology Regulator…