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(generated from captions) Back home now, and Federal politicians could soon be taking a conscience vote stem cell research. on whether to expand

Government Senator Kay Patterson is planning to introduce a Private Members Bill, seeking to reverse a ban on therapeutic cloning.

Senator Patterson joins me now. Good morning, Senator. Why has Mr Howard had a change of heart on allowing a conscience vote on therapeutic cloning?

Mr Howard is a very reasonable man.

He is an excellent leader and he

listened very carefully to the

community and to his colleagues

community and to his colleagues and he believes it is appropriate for

the community to have this debate

and for us to have this debate in

Parliament He is trying to avoid a Parliament He is trying to avoid a

revolt? No, he is

revolt? No, he is not doing that. What he is, he is a very

What he is, he is a very reasonable

person, a very, very good

person, a very, very good lieder and

he listened very carefully to the debate and people have been debate and people have been to him, debate and people have been to see

him, I have been to see him and he

listened carefully and he think it

is appropriate to have a conscience

is appropriate to have a conscience

vote Senator why are you appropriate

to put forward this bill? I am to put forward this bill? I am a

researcher by

researcher by background, not in

this area, and I took the Bill

through in pt first instance. I am

very familiar with that bill

very familiar with that bill and I thought it appropriate that a

thought it appropriate that a member who was

who was involved take it through who was involved take it through Do

you think there are benefits from

cloning? I think it is

cloning? I think it is important

that we don't give false hope.

Anyone who thinks there

Anyone who thinks there will be a

treatment immediately is being

misled. I do

misled. I do believe extending misled. I do believe extending the

research will let us know more about

diseases like diabetes and some

cancers and some neurological

diseases such as multiple sclerosis

and it will allow the researchers do

and it will allow the researchers do

more and maybe lead to therapeutic

treatment and I want to see this

treatment and I want to see this bill and our researchers doing the

research rather than going overseas

What about research using adult stem

cell and other countries have yet to

provide a cure for chronic diseases

provide a cure for chronic diseases

We Are yet to see cures in the

immediate future. I respect their

opinion, I respect that they

wouldn't be doing this

wouldn't be doing this unless they wouldn't be doing this unless they

thought there was potential. It

would be very, very regulated. would be very, very regulated. If

there was an outcome devised in

Britain or Sweden or the United

States, would we say no to it if

there was a cure to type 1 diabetes.

If we say

If we say it is ethiccally wrong,

then the consequence is we should

then the consequence is we should not import the treatment.

not import the treatment. That is one of the reasons I want to see