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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7053


Senator STOTT DESPOJA (8:46 PM) —I want to make the record very clear, because I think Senator Barnett misunderstood my reference to culture medium. I was not suggesting that there would be willy-nilly drug testing by IVF clinics on embryos. What I was asking for related to the definition of `pharmaceutical testing'and whether or not that would prevent culture medium testing, given that that involves chemicals and given that culture media testing is allowed under the explanatory memorandum. So it was not a suggestion that IVF clinics would be doing that but there may be some practices which are explicitly allowed for that may involve chemicals, for example, that may be prohibited as a consequence of these amendments.