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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7071


Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (10:53 PM) — The amendment requires proof of the date of creation for all uses of embryos. As I said, for uses that damage or destroy the embryo, the committee must be satisfied that the embryo was created before 5 April. The committee has the powers to monitor, and any breach of a condition of the licence attracts a criminal penalty. I believe that that is more than enough. It is built into clauses 21 and 24 and the monitoring provisions to ensure that the embryo was created before 5 April 2002. As I said, I will not be supporting the amendment.