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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7068


Senator JACINTA COLLINS (10:31 PM) —I would like respond to that very quickly. I have never suggested that the distinction here is between basic and applied science, and I can quite easily accept that the type of research that might be utilised with the objective of enhancing medical treatment may well in fact be basic science as well. However, for the licensing committee, I think the connection of these clauses without these commas to medical treatment makes it clear that we are not talking about things such as cosmetic research. In the light of the earlier discussion, I think this, thankfully, is a way in which most of the committee can express a view fairly clearly to the licensing committee. Those involved in this debate never intended to talk about licensing related to the likes of cosmetic research.

Question agreed to.