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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6894


Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (9:02 PM) —In all of this debate—and this does not relate to embryos being sent overseas but to stem cells; I have to concur with what Senator Stott Despoja has said—I think we have to remember that the donor has the right to say, `I do not want any derivative of my embryos going overseas,' if they do not want them to be exported. There is an element of consent for each aspect, for every change that is going to happen to that line from the donated embryo.

In this debate, I think we keep forgetting the overriding fact that the individual, if they feel strongly enough about it, can actually say that they do not want the derivatives of their donated embryo to be used or to be sent overseas. I cannot add any more to what I have said. I am of the opinion that the concession that was given before in terms of addressing the export of human embryos and also including a ban on the import of viable materials derived from human embryos covers this aspect, as it did in the Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002. I will not be supporting the amendment.