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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6281

Senator MARK BISHOP (7:42 PM) —I want to clear up a point. I may have inadvertently misled members in the chamber. In the bill under discussion, the Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002, the review provisions are contained in clause 25(1). It requires that the minister `cause an independent review of the operation of this act' et cetera. The reference to the NHMRC that I made in my argument related to the protection of that organisation not being engaged in conflict. That protection was to be achieved by a parliamentary committee engaged in the review. In this bill there is no suggestion that the NHMRC is tasked to do the review, although of course that is an option open to the minister. In the other bill to be discussed later this evening, the embryo bill, it is the NHMRC which is tasked by clause 47, from memory, to do the job. I put that point on the record.