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Tuesday, 12 November 2002
Page: 6152


Senator HARRADINE (10:05 PM) —I have heard what the minister has said and what she is really saying. In fact I would challenge her to find out from the premiers whether in banning cloning they felt that we could import stem cells from cloned embryos, whether it be from Singapore or some outfit elsewhere. Could I ask her this: is it the view that the COAG members foresaw that this legislation could do what the minister says it could do—that is, allow the importation of stem cells from cloned human embryos, a process that would otherwise be banned in Australia? I ask the minister to advise the committee that, yes, all members of COAG agree that we should allow the importation from overseas of those embryonic stem cells from cloned embryos, when that cannot be done in Australia.