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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7071


Senator HARRADINE (10:51 PM) —Where does the bill already require this? I am deliberately asking this question of the minister. If she cannot give an answer, I will ask Senator Stott Despoja. Where in this legislation is this covered? The minister has been saying that the licensing committee can seek proof. What proof? Should they take the word of the ART centre? I am saying that, under those circumstances, that should be an essential provision built into the legislation.

As I said in my explanation, clauses 21 and 24 of the bill refer to the particular date as a threshold issue. Clause 21 states, `In deciding whether to issue the licence, the NHMRC Licensing Committee must have regard to the following,' the following being paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e). I am trying to ensure that the date of the formation of the embryo is properly able to be established. This is the way to establish it. I am asking the minister or Senator Stott Despoja: where in this legislation is this cut and dried—in other words, where is it proven?