South Australia is set to extend its controversial ban on the growing of genetically-modified crops until 2025 after a bill put forward by the Greens passed the Upper House by a single vote.
The current ban will expire on September 1 in 2019 and was due to be debated later next year, but the Greens surprised the State Parliament with its motion to extend it for another 6 years.
[Greens leader Mark Parnell] said the Government backed his bill last night in the Upper House and he hopes that will continue when the bill goes to the Lower House where the Government holds a slim majority.
South Australia is the only mainland state where it is illegal for farmers to grow GM crops and Tasmania has made the ban indefinite.
South Australia’s shadow minister for agriculture, David Ridgeway, said the Government tried to amend the motion to extend the ban until 2028, but it failed.
The Liberal Party opposition has not committed to removing the ban either, but has promised to review the ban if elected in next year’s state election.
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