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Notice given 8 March 2000

444  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Stott Despoja): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) President Clinton prohibited all federal departments and agencies in the United States of America using genetic information against federal employees in hiring or promotion action by executive order on 8 February 2000,

(ii) no such protection is currently available for Australian employees, and

(iii) 12 months have passed since the Senate considered the Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 without implementation of any of the recommendations of the report of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998; and

(b) calls on the Government to, at a minimum, implement the following recommendations of the report:

(i) the creation of a national working party in which Commonwealth departments would hold responsibility for administration of the consultation process and the establishment of a working group including state and territory representatives, experts and representatives of stakeholder groups, and

(ii) a reference to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee to undertake a thorough examination of the issues relating to genetic privacy and discrimination including insurance, employment, provision of goods and services, clinical diagnosis and treatment, conduct of medical and other research and genetic information concerning children.