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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6892

Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (8:52 PM) — Just for clarification, the implication in Senator Boswell's initial contribution was to `clone'—I think he used that word—from stem cells. I want to clarify whether he has information that I do not have. What he has read out from the Parliamentary Library does not in any way indicate that you can create a human embryo from a stem cell. That is the issue. Senator Boswell may have additional information of which I am not aware—that is possible, although, as I said, I do read widely in the area because it interests me—but I would think that it is appropriate for anybody listening to the debate and for senators making a decision to know that. That is not what the Parliamentary Library's information indicates. I want to be doubly sure that Senator Boswell does not have information to which I am not privy, because I would be concerned about that. I showed good faith last time, when I was concerned about the export of embryos, in that I went to the Prime Minister. I will not be supporting the amendment, but I have restated and outlined the Prime Minister's compromise.