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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6301

Senator HARRADINE (9:54 PM) —Schedule 1 repeals sections 192B, 192C and 192D of the Gene Technology Act 2000. I think it behoves the minister to explain why the government wants those provisions repealed. I indicate to the chamber that the Australian Conservation Foundation's GeneEthics Network, in its submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee, said that the repealing of clauses 192B, 192C and 192D of the Gene Technology Act 2000 may leave a legislative vacuum unless the bill prohibits all other non-heritable gene manipulations in embryos. In relation to sections 192B, 192C and 192D of the Gene Technology Act 2000, it goes on to say:

While those provisions may have been a stopgap it is important that their repeal does not reduce the prohibitions on the classes of human gene engineering prohibited by them. It is not clear that such manipulations would be regulated by any other body including the OGTR.

I think some guarantees ought to be provided to the parliament so that the concerns that have been expressed in this submission, which I have read to the Senate, are taken care of.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Jacinta Collins)—The question is that schedule 1 stand as printed.