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Wednesday, 15 March 2000
Page: 12852

Motion (by Senator Allison)—by leave—agreed to:

That the Senate:

(a) notes:

(i) that in 1992 the High Court, in what has come to be known as Marion's case, decided that the non-therapeutic sterilisation of an intellectually-disabled minor could not be authorised without a court order,

(ii) the findings of Cathy Spicer, who reports that recent statistics show an increase in the rate of sterilisation procedures performed on women and young girls with an intellectual disability, and

(iii) that there is no comprehensive research regarding the sterilisation of women with an intellectual disability; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) conduct a review of the legal, ethical and human rights mechanisms in place, or needed, to protect the rights and interests of the reproductive health of women with intellectual and other disabilities, and

(ii) commission research on the practice, effects and implications of the sterilisation of women with intellectual and other disabilities.