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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6876

Senator JACINTA COLLINS (6:04 PM) —While the minister is taking some further advice perhaps I could suggest to Senator Hogg that, in the absence of the government taking this issue away and looking at it, he might seek to put such an exclusion into his amendment (4) before we vote on it. Certainly, in terms of the Acts Interpretation Act, the courts can take some level of interpretation from statements made by him as the mover of this amendment. He could perhaps strengthen that further by amending this provision so that it does not apply where an embryo has been selected or deselected—I suppose that is really what we are talking about—in the case of a couple where there is concern of a genetic abnormality where gender is a factor.