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Laws to veto GM crops set to be scrapped

The State Government is moving rapidly to scrap laws that give WA the power to veto local farms growing genetically modified crops approved by Commonwealth authorities.

Agriculture Minister Ken Baston signalled the death knell for the laws at the Liberal Party State conference at the weekend.

Mr Baston said Cabinet had agreed to a scheduled review of WA's GM Crops Free Areas Act.

He indicated strongly that the laws would be repealed once the review was completed, as part of moves to cut "unnecessary" red tape in agriculture.

The Liberal Party's rush to repeal the Act comes in the knowledge that if Labor gained power it would stop farmers planting GM canola.