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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7066


Senator HARRIS (10:22 PM) —I rise in support of Senator Barnett's amendment (R5). I believe that it might not attack the problem from Senator Harradine's point of view. It would be a clear restriction if it were passed in this legislation. If we look at the Annotated Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia—I believe it is on page 346—we see that it is set out very clearly that what is not granted to the parliament of the Commonwealth is denied to it. Therefore, Senator Barnett's amendment to this piece of legislation would very clearly set out that a licence could not be issued for any other reason than for the extraction of human embryonic stem cells. It is very clear; it adds clarity to the legislation. I believe that in doing so it makes the function of the licensing committee much easier for them to actually implement. For those reasons I believe that the Senate should consider the arguments that Senator Barnett has put forward and support this amendment.