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Wednesday, 4 December 2002
Page: 7199


Senator BARNETT (6:49 PM) —by leave—I move amendments (R2) and (R4) on sheet 2757:

(R2) Clause 8, page 7 (lines 4 to 7), omit paragraph (b), substitute:

(b) if other guidelines are issued by the NHMRC under the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 and prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph—consent obtained in accordance with those other guidelines, rather than the guidelines mentioned in paragraph (a).

(R4) Clause 21, page 16 (line 13), after “NHRMC”, insert “under the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 and prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph”.

I will be very brief on this. As Senator Collins has indicated, I have an understanding that these amendments will not be opposed by the minister. These relate to the establishment of guidelines and the guidelines sitting under the bill. We are making sure that they are disallowable instruments so that they must be prescribed by regulations. This relates to clauses 8 and 21. Clause 8 includes the definition of proper consent, and clause 21 relates to the determination of application by the committee and the NHMRC issuing any relevant guidelines or relevant parts of guidelines. We are making sure that they are disallowable instruments. We are the body that is responsible for that. I am not going to debate that further. I want to focus on amendment (R3). I support these amendments.