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Wednesday, 4 December 2002
Page: 7180

Senator HARRIS (4:54 PM) —I will speak briefly in support of Senator Boswell. As I said last night, there has been a startling admission made by Professor Carl Wood, who said:

... at one stage despondency about the techniques persuaded the team to try for fertilisation of a human egg and sperm cell and embryo growth in a sheep.

This is not overseas; this was here in Australia, in Victoria, carried out by Australian scientists. However, they go on to say:

In some ways we were relieved at the failure of the experiment as it may have been difficult to convince the community that the sheep was an appropriate place for human fertilisation and early human development.

I would like to place on record that One Nation supports the amendment.

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Boswell's) be agreed to.