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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6899


Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (9:45 PM) —I have just received some other advice. When I indicated that some of the jurisdictions were reviewing their legislation there was apparently some question as to whether some of the states' existing human tissue legislation—and we have to remember that the states are agreeing with the thrust of the legislation, to try to get uniform legislation— may not cover embryos and embryonic stem cell lines and trading in embryonic stem cell lines. That is why it is being reviewed. Apparently that is one of the issues that has been discussed at an implementation level with the various officials.