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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6875

Senator HARRIS (5:56 PM) —I agree with Senator Brown. The amendments proposed by Senator Hogg in no way prohibit anybody in an IVF program from using gender selection, if that is their own personal choice. The amendments clearly say that any embryo in excess of that cannot be used in the ART program for any other purposes. So the claim by Senator Stott Despoja that they are opposing it based on the fact that it would prohibit the selection is of no merit. I would ask the other Democrat senators to have a close look at the intention of it. The intention is clear. If an embryo has been discarded or if it has been rejected based on gender selection, then it cannot be part of the excess ART program. I will put on record that One Nation will support Senator Hogg's amendments.