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Tuesday, 12 November 2002
Page: 6055

Debate resumed from 11 November, on motion by Senator Abetz:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Senators Murray and Ridgeway had moved by way of an amendment:

At the end of the motion, add:

“but the Senate supports:

(a) Article 8 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that states “States Parties undertake to respect the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, name and family relations as recognised by law without unlawful interference”;

(b) the Australian Health Ethics Committee 1996 Guideline 3.1.5 that recommends that children born from using assisted reproductive services should have access to information, including identifying information, about their biological parents;

and the Senate further urges the Government:

(c) to do all in its power by legislation or other means to try to ensure that every child, whether adopted or conceived via IVF (unless a foundling), can no later than on achieving adulthood access information about his or her biological parents”.