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Thursday, 14 November 2002
Page: 6339


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (10:22 AM) —I do not think you can get into much more detail other than the description of viable materials. I think it is a matter which speaks for itself: it is any material derived from a human embryo clone which is viable. What would one attribute to the word `viable'—something which can be used, something which is capable of being used, certainly not something which is decayed, moribund or dead? You are talking about something which can be used and the limits of science, I guess. It would certainly include stem cells—we have mentioned that in particular, though. It would include any living product from any part of the embryo—I think Senator Harradine has used the word `components'—and any culture from a cloned embryo. There is a definite description; the term speaks for itself.


Senator Stott Despoja —I was wondering whether you had anything in particular in mind to do with stem cells.


Senator ELLISON —`Stem cells' and `part of the embryo' are examples of pieces of viable material from a cloned embryo.