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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6824

Senator STOTT DESPOJA (1:53 PM) —The Democrats do not support this amendment. As it is, the legislation already has a significant impact on IVF practices, including increasing costs as routine practices such as training, quality assurance and testing the effectiveness of new culture media will now require a licence. We believe it is prudent and reasonable to allow for regulations that identify other practices that should legitimately be exempt but are unintentionally caught by the wording of this particular clause.

I understand that any additional exempt uses that may be recognised in future regulation will require the agreement of the states and territories and will come before the parliament. Accordingly, we are satisfied that this provision will not be used as a backdoor mechanism to describe activities as being exempt when they should require a licence.