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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6191


Senator HARRADINE (11:21 AM) —That is precisely what I am saying—that is buying a pig in a poke, because this committee does not know. I will have something to say later about the appropriateness or otherwise of the NHMRC, who are pro experimentation and have been for a number of years, with the payment of moneys as far back as 20 years ago for the purposes of dissecting human embryos. Our money was used by the NHMRC, and so they are not a disinterested party. The licence would be issued by an NHMRC principal committee. With an organisation which has a pro-experimentation objective, anything could happen. I am asking why we should not do the same with the importation of human embryos as is proposed by the Prime Minister with the exportation of human embryos. I cannot see the difference—other than that it might be said that you may not know, with regard to some countries, what might occur to those human embryos. I will not argue the point any further, because I think it is a bit futile to do so.

Question negatived.