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Wednesday, 4 December 2002
Page: 7201


Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (6:55 PM) —As honourable senators know, I have had longstanding membership of the Scrutiny of Bills Committee and the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances and have a great regard for what they do. If the regulations were not made, the amendment would ban all uses of non-excess ART embryos. Non-excess ART embryos are those that are used for ART clinical practice. So by saying that these cannot be used, we are banning ART clinical practice. I am confident this was not Senator Barnett's intent, but on the basis of advice from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, this would be the effect. So I will not be able to support the amendment.