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TITLE:  OGTR STOPS CLOCK ON GM CANOLA DECISION
SOURCE: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
        Edited and sent by Agnat, Canada
DATE:   June 17, 2003

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OGTR STOPS CLOCK ON GM CANOLA DECISION

There's been another delay in making a decision to commercially release GM
canola in Australia. The Gene Technology Regulator, Dr Sue Meek, says she's
stopped the clock for a month on Bayer's application to grow genetically
modified canola, to review new information raised in public submissions. Bayer's,
Susie O'Neill says the company is disappointed by the delay, but wasn't
planning to commercially release GM canola this year anyway. She says trials of the
Invigor canola will continue, and any commercial release will be phased in
slowly from next year. "We plan for a responsible, slow and careful
introduction of Invigor over the next few years. The states are all at different stages
in terms of commercialisation and/or moratorium on plantings so there's
different potential start dates in different states." Meanwhile the forecasts for
conventional canola production are tumbling again. The biggest canola
producer, New South Wales, is now expecting only a quarter of its record planting
of three years ago, with some 210,000 hectares now in the ground. Don
McCaffery from New South Wales Agriculture says the other challenge is a lack of
rain. "The main canola producing areas, from Parkes through to Cowra, down to
Wagga, are severely lacking rainfall. They're still in drought and are basically
there is limited, or no sub-soil moisture under most of those crops even
though much of it has been sown."


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TITLE:  Update on genetically modified (GM) canola
SOURCE: Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Australia
        http://www.ogtr.gov.au/ir/canola.htm
DATE:   June 13, 2003

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Update on genetically modified (GM) canola - posted 13 June 2003

In early April 2003 the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan for the
Bayer GM canola commercial release application (DIR21) was released for public
comment. The period of consultation closed on Monday 26 May.

The application 'clock' has now been stopped on the Bayer GM canola
application (DIR21) to enable the thorough examination of all relevant procedural
issues. It is anticipated that the clock will be stopped for approximately one
month. Meanwhile, the application 'clock' is still stopped on the Monsanto GM
canola commercial release application (DIR20) until further advice on
evaluation of herbicide use is received. When this independent advice is provided,
the Gene Technology Regulator will be able to release the Risk Assessment and
Risk Management Plan for DIR20 for public consultation. Announcements have
been made recently by the New South Wales, Victorian and Western Australian
Governments on the introduction of moratoria for GM crops in their respective
States. The purpose of these moratoria is to allow more time for marketing and
trade implications (which are outside the scope of the Gene Technology
Regulator's evaluations) to be assessed. The details of the moratoria are being
finalised and South Australia is also considering its position. All of these
States have advised that commercial scale GM canola releases will not be allowed
to take place in their States this year, even if approved on human health
and safety and environmental grounds by the Gene Technology Regulator. However,
these States have agreed to limited field trials, previously approved by the
Regulator, continuing under strictly controlled conditions in 2003.


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Recent approvals of GMOs in Australia:

Commercial Release, June 12, 2003:

DECISION ON ISSUING A LICENCE FOR APPLICATION DIR 022/2002 FOR CONTINUED
COMMERCIAL RELEASE OF GM INSECTICIDAL COTTON (INGARD COTTON)

The Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) has made a decision to issue a
licence in respect of application DIR 022/2002 from Monsanto Australia
Limited, (Monsanto).  The application requests approval to undertake continued
commercial release of genetically modified (GM) insecticidal (INGARD event 531)
cotton in the cotton growing regions of New South Wales and Queensland south
of latitude 22º South. [...]

Field trials, all June 17, 2003:

DECISION ON ISSUING A LICENCE FOR AN APPLICATION FOR
LIMITED AND
CONTROLLED RELEASE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED PAPAYA INTO THE ENVIRONMENT - DIR
026/2002

The Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) has made a decision to issue a
licence in respect of application DIR 026/2002 from The University of
Queensland.  The application requests approval to undertake a limited and
controlled release of genetically modified (GM) papaya with delayed fruit ripening on
one site, covering a total area of one hectare, in the Shire of Redlands, in
Queensland. [...]

DECISION ON ISSUING A LICENCE FOR APPLICATION DIR 030/2002 FOR 
CONTINUED COMMERCIAL RELEASE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED CARNATION 

The Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) has made a decision to issue a
licence in respect of application DIR 030/2002 from Florigene Ltd.  The
application requests approval to undertake commercial release of genetically
modified (GM) carnation Australia-wide.

Four GM carnation lines have been modified (transformation events 123.2.38,
123.2.2, 11363, and 123.8.8) to produce purple, mauve, or blue flower colour.
 Each line also contains a selectable marker gene that confers tolerance to
sulfonylurea herbicides and a range of other acetolactate synthase (ALS)
inhibiting herbicides.  It is intended that GM carnation be used solely as
ornamental plants.

Since 1992 there have been a number of field trials and, since 1995, ongoing
commercial release of colour modified carnation.  These were authorised
under the voluntary system overseen by the Genetic Manipulation Advisory
Committee (GMAC).  There have been no reports of adverse effects on human health or
the environment resulting from any of these. [...]

DECISION ON ISSUING A LICENCE FOR APPLICATION DIR 031/2002 FOR LIMITED AND
CONTROLLED RELEASED OF GM GRAPEVINES

The Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) has made a decision to issue a
licence in respect of application DIR 031/2002 from the Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).  The application requests
approval to continue field trials that were authorised under the previous
voluntary system. The limited and controlled release will involve up to 490
plants of genetically modified (GM) grapevines on one site over a total of area of
0.38 hectares from 2003-2008 in the Mildura Rural City Council in Victoria.
[...]



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