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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6190


Senator BARNETT (11:14 AM) —I seek clarification from the minister of her comment, as I recall it, that the Prime Minister is committed to regulations to ban the export of human embryos. I seek clarification as to whether there is a ban on the import of human embryos, because I thought I heard her say that there was a ban on just the export of human embryos, and we are missing, obviously, the import of human embryos. I seek clarification of that advice from the minister. I thought I heard the minister say that only the export was banned, and therefore you are going to have imported human embryos coming in, based on the debate we had last night. There is a ban on the intentional import or export of human embryo clones—and that is in the bill, as Senator Harradine has just indicated—and we were advised late last night that there is a ban on the export of human embryos. I seek confirmation that there is no ban on the import of human embryos. If the minister has the chance to clarify that for the committee in advance of the discussions that we will shortly be having on this bill, that would be helpful.