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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6191


Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (11:20 AM) — Callithumpian or whatever sort of embryo, the use of human embryos imported into Australia is covered by the Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002—that is, it is not an offence to import an embryo. You are using one example; I would prefer to use `Callithumpian' in order to not offend anybody. It is not an offence to import an embryo into Australia; however, if a researcher wants to use that embryo for any purpose other than achieving pregnancy, they would have to apply for a licence from the NHMRC Licensing Committee and would be subject to conditions under the legislation. So an embryo can be imported for the purpose of having IVF, but if a researcher wants to use it for any purpose other than for achieving pregnancy they would have to apply for a licence.