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Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Page: 9024


Senator BILYK (Tasmania) (16:12): I, and also on behalf of Senator Urquhart, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 19 November 2017 was DonateLife Thank You Day, a national day dedicated to honouring all organ and tissue donors and their families,

   (ii) the circumstances in which a person's organs can be donated after they die in hospital are rare - only 1 per cent of hospital deaths allow for organ donation,

   (iii) up to 1,400 Australians are on organ transplant waiting lists at any time, and

   (iv) of the 36 per cent of Australians who feel confident they know the donation decisions of their loved ones, 93 per cent would uphold these decisions;

(b) thanks all organ and tissue donors and their families for helping to transform the lives of thousands of Australians through their donations; and

(c) encourages all Australians to register as organ and tissue donors on the Australian Organ Donor Register, and to discuss their donation decisions with their families.

Question agreed to.