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Address to The Nationals Federal Conference: 15 October 2006



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Senator Ron Boswell National Party - Qld

Address to The Nationals Federal Conference 15.10.06

October 16th, 2006

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DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, MARK VAILE, FEDERAL PRESIDENT, JOHN TANNER, COLLEAGUES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

IN MY ADDRESS THIS MORNING, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT FACING THE FEDERAL NATIONALS AND PARTICULARLY THE SENATE NATIONALS.

THE NATIONALS HAVE 12 MPS IN A HOUSE OF 150, AND 5 SENATORS IN A HOUSE OF 76 - ONE OF THESE IS FROM THE CLP, AND CHOOSES TO SIT WITH US WHICH GIVES US OFFICIAL PARTY STATUS - AND I MIGHT ADD, A POWERFUL CHAMPION FOR MANY CORE NATIONAL ISSUES IN SENATOR NIGEL SCULLION.

THE RECENT REDISTRIBUTION HAS ILLUSTRATED THE PROBLEMS WITH OUR SHRINKING VOTER DEMOGRAPHIC. ONE OF OUR NSW SEATS, THE FEDERATION SEAT OF GWYDIR, NO LONGER EXISTS. OUR SEATS IN QUEENSLAND HAVE BEEN PUSHED FURTHER TOWARD THE SOUTH EAST.

ONE THING THAT IS GUARANTEED IS THAT THE POPULATION IN OUR CITIES WILL INCREASE AND GROWTH WILL CONTINUE ALONG OUR COASTLINES IN BURGEONING REGIONAL CITIES.

CONTINUING TO DELIVER FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO PULL ABOVE OUR WEIGHT, AND AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE TO MANAGE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR COALITION PARTNERS VERY CAREFULLY. WE CAN’T BE IN GOVERNMENT WITHOUT THEM.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT THE NATIONALS NEED TO DO IS TO BE PART OF GOVERNMENT AND SIT AT THE CABINET TABLE WHERE THE BIG DECISIONS ARE MADE.

AS A SMALL PARTY WE ARE CALLED UPON TO MANAGE OUR END OF THE COALITION RELATIONSHIP WITH EXTREME CAUTION. IT IS A VERY FINE BALANCE. IF WE MISMANAGE IT, THE STRESSES AND STRAINS WILL CAUSE FRAGMENTATION.

IF WE GET IT TOTALLY WRONG, THERE WILL BE A LOSS OF SUPPORT FOR THE COALITION AND A LABOR GOVERNMENT WOULD BE TERRIBLY DAMAGING FOR OUR PEOPLE.

NOTHING CAN BE ACHIEVED FROM OPPOSITION. THINK OF THE STATE AND TERRITORY GOVERNMENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA AND THE IMPLOSION OF SPENDING ON INFRASTRUCTURE, HEALTH, EDUCATION,

SKILLS AND WATER RESOURCES.

THERE ARE SOME SO DESPERATE IN RURAL AREAS THAT THEY WOULD ACTUALLY PREFER THE ABOLITION OF THE STATES IN ORDER TO HAVE A POLITICAL VOICE HEARD ON THESE CRUCIAL ISSUES. AT A STATE LEVEL, OUR PEOPLE ARE BEING BANISHED FROM POLITICAL REPRESENTATION BY LABOR GOVERNMENTS AND THEIR ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FUTURE IS FADING. THERE ARE NO WINS IN OPPOSITION.

THE POLITICAL SYSTEM IS LIKE AN ECOSYSTEM WHERE DIVERSITY IS HEALTHY FOR THE OPERATION OF THE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. FUNDAMENTALLY, THAT IS WHY A COALITION OF TWO SEPARATE

PARTIES WORKS BEST. AMALGAMATION OR MERGER WHICH REMOVES DIVERSITY REDUCES THE HEALTH OF THE OVERALL SYSTEM.

A DIVERSITY OF MAINSTREAM POLITICAL PARTIES SERVES AUSTRALIA THE BEST AND RESULTS IN THE MOST REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY WHERE THE VALUE OF A VOTE IS MAXIMISED.

UNFORTUNATELY, IN OUR POLITICAL ECOSYSTEM, THERE IS A GROWING NUMBER OF ATTACHED POLITICAL BUGS. THESE BUGS HURT THEIR CARRIER HOSTS, THE COMMUNITIES IN INDEPENDENT SEATS, AND IMPACT DIRECTLY ON THE NATIONALS’ ABILITY TO BE A STRONGER FORCE IN PARLIAMENT WITH GREATER NUMBERS.

INDEPENDENTS ARE THE KEY OBSTACLE BLOCKING THE GROWTH AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATIONALS AND THEREFORE THEY MUST BE CONFRONTED OPENLY, CHALLENGED AND EXPOSED FOR THEIR INABILITY TO DELIVER FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS.

THE RISE OF INDEPENDENTS IS A BLIGHT ON THE HEALTHY WORKING OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM, NOT A POSITIVE AT ALL.

CONSIDER THE FACTS - THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR CALARE WAS ABSENT FOR 41 OUT OF 117 DIVISIONS ON BILLS IN THE 41ST PARLIAMENT. THAT MEANS HE MISSED OVER A THIRD OF VOTES ON LEGISLATION BEFORE THE HOUSE HE WAS ELECTED TO. FOR THE DIVISIONS HE DID ATTEND, HE VOTED WITH THE GOVERNMENT ON ONLY 4 OCCASIONS AND WITH THE OPPOSITION ON 72. SO YOU WOULD HAVE TO JUDGE THAT BASICALLY HE IS LABOR.

THE MEMBERS FOR KENNEDY AND NEW ENGLAND ARE A BIT FAIRER WITH THEIR VOTE, ROUGHLY 50-50 WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION. THEY ALSO REGULARLY MISS DIVISIONS ON BILLS

BEFORE THE PARLIAMENT THEY WERE ELECTED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR.

IT IS NOT MERELY THEIR ABSENCE FROM THE CORE PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS THAT IS RELEVANT, BUT THEIR ABSENCE FROM THE PARTY ROOMS WHERE KEY BUSINESS IS DISCUSSED AND INPUT SOUGHT FROM

LOCAL MEMBERS ABOUT THE IMPACT ON LOCAL CONSTITUENTS THAT IS SO IMPORTANT. INDEPENDENTS CANNOT BE A VOICE IF THEY HAVE NO PARTY TO HEAR THEM, NO MINISTER TO CALL, NO LEADER TO LOOK TO, TO RESOLVE PROBLEMS.

IT IS FREQUENTLY THE CASE THAT INDEPENDENTS SPEND THEIR TIME CRITICISING WHILE THE NATIONALS ARE LITERALLY DOING THEIR WORK - THE WORK OF A LOCAL MEMBER IN INDEPENDENT ELECTORATES. THIS YEAR SO FAR, I HAVE PUT OUT 71 LOCAL MEDIA RELEASES IN KENNEDY ON GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INFORMATION ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES. WHEN GROUPS OR INDUSTRIES IN KENNEDY NEED ACTIVE POLITICAL REPRESENTATION, THEY COME TO ME FOR IT, NOT THE LOCAL MEMBER. I HAVE BEEN INTRUMENTAL IN GETTING ENORMOUS AMOUNTS DONE FOR THE PEOPLE OF KENNEDY AND PARTICULARLY THE TABLELANDS AREA WHERE THERE ARE NEW INDUSTRIES BEING ESTABLISHED THROUGH MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.

SO THE PEOPLE OF KENNEDY CONTINUE TO RECEIVE POLITICAL REPRPESENATION AND A VOICE IN GOVERNMENT FROM THE NATIONALS WHILE THEIR INDEPENDENT MEMBER IS ALLOWED TO MISS DIVISION AFTER DIVISION IN PARLIAMENT.

IT IS THE SAME IN OTHER INDEPENDENT SEATS SUCH AS NEW ENGLAND WHERE THE INDEPENDENT IS TOUTED BY SOME AS A LOCAL HERO YET IT IS THE NATIONALS WHO ARE THE ONES WHO ACTUALLY DELIVER FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEW ENLGAND.

OUR RESOURCES ARE SPREAD THINLY BY TAKING ON THE JOB OF REPRESENTING SEATS WE ARE NOT VOTED TO REPRESENT. THIS IS NOT A SUSTAINABLE SITUATION FOR A SMALL PARTY WITH SO MANY DEMANDS ON US. NEITHER IS IT A FAIR AND JUST ONE. IF THESE SEATS VOTED IN NATIONALS MEMBERS THE NATIONALS WOULD BE A STRONGER POLITICAL FORCE IN THE WHOLE ECOSYSTEM OF FEDERAL AUSTRALIAN POLITICS.

WITH THE DEEPENING DROUGHT AND THE NATIONAL FOCUS ON WATER AND ENERGY RESOURCES, THERE IS NO LONGER THE LUXURY, THE SPACE, IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM TO VOTE INDEPENDENT. IT MAY GIVE A TEMPORARY FEEL-GOOD FEELING TO THOSE VOTERS WHO THINK THAT ALL PARTY POLITICIANS ARE SOMEHOW ROTTEN TO THE CORE, BUT IN THE LONG RUN, IT HURTS THOSE VERY VOTERS BECAUSE THEIR VOICE IS FADING.

THEY WANT TO RELY ON THE NATIONALS TO FIX THINGS WITHOUT ACTUALLY VOTING THEM IN TO A POSITION WHERE THEY CAN. THIS IS AN ENORMOUS PROBLEM CONFRONTING RURAL AND REGIONAL

AREAS AND I BELIEVE WE MUST SHOW LEADERSHIP AND STRENGTH AND POINT OUT THE DANGER TO FUTURE REPRESENTATION FOR REGIONAL AUSTRALIANS IF THEY CONTINUE TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENTS, WHOSE ONLY FUNCTION SEEMS TO BE TO BUILD PERSONAL MONUMENTS TO THEMSELVES AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYONE ELSE.

A VOTE FOR AN INDEPENDENT IS A VOTE AGAINST THE NATIONALS HAVING A STRONG VOICE (THE ONLY VOICE) FOR REGIONAL AUSTRALIA IN RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGE OF THIS TERRIBLE DROUGHT AND RURAL RECESSION.

A VOTE FOR AN INDEPENDENT WEAKENS THE ONLY VOICE THAT IS CAPABLE OF DELIVERING FOR THAT SAME VOTER.

AFTER MANY YEARS AS A POLITICAL PARTY, AND IN CHANGING TIMES, IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE THAT VOTERS ARE TEMPTED TO LOOK ELSEWHERE. THE DANGER IS THAT WE HAVE BECOME TAKEN FOR GRANTED IN THOSE SEATS, ALMOST INVISIBLE BECAUSE WE ARE SO MUCH A PART OF THE SYSTEM. OUR ACHIEVEMENTS ARE INGRAINED AND NOT EVEN NOTICED. IF WE WERE SUDDENLY TO DISAPPEAR FROM THE POLITICAL SYSTEM, AS SO MANY PEOPLE SO OFTEN PREDICT, THE IMPACT WOULD BE IMMENSE, THOUGH PERHAPS NOT FELT OVERNIGHT.

THE NATIONALS ARE IN EVERY RAIL SIDING, IN EVERY BUSH SCHOOL AND HOSPITAL, IN EVERY MILE OF BITUMEN, IN EVERY DAM, IN EVERY INVISIBLE MOBILE AND SATELLITE WAVE THROUGH RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA. WE ARE IN EVERY VIDEO HOOK-UP BETWEEN DOCTOR AND REMOTE PATIENT, IN EVERY SUGAR CANE HARVEST, IN EVERY OUNCE OF ORE DUG FROM THE GROUND. WE ARE IN EVERY PRIMARY PRODUCTION EXPORT CONTAINER THAT LEAVES THIS COUNTRY.

WE ARE IN EVERY LITRE OF ETHANOL, EVERY TREE IN LANDCARE, EVERY DISCOVERY AT CSIRO AND EVERY TARMAC AND EVERY SECURITY SCREEN IN EVERY AIRPORT IN THIS COUNTRY.

WE ARE IN EVERY NEWSAGENCY AND EVERY REGIONAL PHARMACY

THE NATIONALS ARE IN EVERY CENT OF DROUGHT FUNDING, IN EVERY DOLLAR OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR EVERY PRIMARY INDUSTRY. WE ARE IN EVERY PACKAGE FOR FISHERMEN, EVERY LITRE OF MILK, EVERY GRAIN OF RICE OR PIECE OF PINEAPPLE PRODUCED BY A COOPERATIVE.

WE ARE GOING TO BE IN EVERY BANANA HARVESTED POST CYCLONE LARRY BECAUSE OF THE ASSISTANCE ORGANISED BY US FOR THEM. WE ARE GOING TO BE IN EVERY TRANSACTION BETWEEN FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GROWERS AND THEIR WHOLESALERS AS A RESULT OF THE MANDATORY CODE OF CONDUCT THAT WE HELD OUT FOR.

ARE WE INTEGRAL TO THE FUNCTIONING OF THIS POLITICAL SYSTEM? YOU BET WE ARE. AND WHAT CAN INDEPENDENTS ACHIEVE? - ONLY WHAT PADDY SHOT AT.

UNITED WE CAN CONTINUE TO ACHIEVE SO VERY MUCH. FRAGMENTED, WE LOSE THE VERY IDENTITY THAT ENABLES US TO DELIVER.

WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE CONCEPT OF A THREATENED ECOSYSTEM. LIKE CIVILISATIONS, THESE SYSTEMS CAN FAIL AND VANISH. THINK OF THE SILENT ROCK MONUMENTS ERECTED BY THE EASTER ISLANDERS. THEIR CIVILISATION FAILED AND WE KNOW LITTLE ABOUT THEM EXCEPT THAT THEY BUILT THESE HUGE STONE SCULPTURES FACING OUT TO SEA.

IT IS THOUGHT THAT THEY VANISHED BECAUSE THEY SQUANDERED THE RESOURCES, THE FORESTS AND SO ON THAT WERE AVAILABLE TO THEM. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY PUT SHORT TERM GAIN AHEAD OF LONG TERM SURVIVAL. THEY USED UP VITAL CAPITAL THAT HAD BEEN BUILT UP OVER GENERATIONS IN ORDER TO BUILD MONUMENTS TO THEMSELVES. PERHAPS THEY ALLOWED THEIR BORDERS TO BE INVADED AND DID NOT FIGHT BACK. PERHAPS THEY WERE FRAGMENTED BY CIVIL WAR.

WHATEVER COMBINATION OF THESE FACTORS WAS AT WORK, FOR THE EASTER ISLANDERS, THERE WAS NO RESURRECTION.

THE POWER TO ENDURE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL POWER. THE HEALTH OF THE GROUP WILL ALWAYS BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE HEALTH OF ONE INDIVIDUAL MEMBER. IF WE CUT DOWN OUR TALL TREES FOR FUEL TO KEEP ONE OR TWO WARM, THE WHOLE FOREST MAY BE THREATENED.

IT IS MORE THAN TIME THAT THIS WAS RECOGNISED NOT JUST BY OUR MEMBERS BUT BY OUR SUPPORTERS AND THOSE WHO DON’T SUPPORT US BUT DEPEND ON US FOR THEIR PRESENT AND FUTURE WAY OF LIFE.

IT’S TIME TO CALL IN THE I.O.U’S. SO FAR IN THIS PARLIAMENT, AS SENATE LEADER, I HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN BEING OF DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO MANY INDUSTRIES, SMOOTHING THE PATH FOR THEM, FUNDING THEM, RESOLVING INTRACTABLE PROBLEMS, OPENING DOORS AND SO ON. THESE GROUPS AND ISSUES INCLUDE:-

ETHANOL INDUSTRY FRUIT AND VEGETABLE INDUSTRY FISHING INDUSTRIES - COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL TAXI INDUSTRY SUGAR INDUSTRY TURF INDUSTRY BANANA INDUSTRY NEWSAGENTS PHARMACIES INDEPENDENT GROCERS

FOOD PROCESSORS TOURISM INDUSTRY MEAT PROCESSORS INDEPENDENT STEEL INDUSTRY BOATING AND SUPERYACHT INDUSTRIES HOTELIERS; AND THE DISTILLED SPIRITS INDUSTRY.

THIS LITANY OF INDUSTRIES CAME TO THE NATIONALS AND WE DELIVERED. THESE GROUPS MUST DO THEIR POLITICAL MATHS NOW. THEY MUST WORK OUT THAT THE POLITICAL EQUATION GOES LIKE THIS - VOTE FOR THE NATIONALS AND WE CAN MAKE YOU STRONG. WE NEED YOU AND YOU NEED US. IF THEY WANT US TO KEEP DELIVERING, THEN THEY MUST KEEP US STRONG AND NOT GIVE WAY

TO THE POPULIST BUT INEFFECTIVE CRIES OF INDEPENDENTS. THE NATIONALS NEED AN INCREASED LEVEL OF POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN OUR ORGANISATION FROM THESE CONSTITUENT GROUPS.

AND LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR ONCE AGAIN THAT VOTING INDEPENDENT IS THE DIRECT OPPOSITE OF POLITICAL PARTICIPATION.

RURAL INDEPENDENTS CURRY A CARGO CULT MENTALITY IN THEIR SEATS. DELIVERING TO THESE SEATS IS ONLY SUSTAINABLE WHILE THE NATIONALS ARE THERE TO SIGN OFF ON THE CARGO. THE DANGER IS THAT WE MAY REACH A CRITICAL MASS WHERE THE ONLY OPTIONS ARE TO INCREASE OR PERISH.

WE ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEALTH OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM BY BEING PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT DELIVERS FOR THE WHOLE NATION, NOT JUST SECTIONAL INTERESTS. WITHOUT THE NATIONALS, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT COULD DELIVER LOW INTEREST RATES, LOW INFLATION AND THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN 30 YEARS. WE ARE PART OF THAT.

A WELL-RUN ECONOMY IS THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE TO SMALL BUSINESS, FARMERS, THE SELF-EMPLOYED AND AUSTRALIAN FAMILIES.

THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE IS TO ENDURE BY SUBJECTING OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL AMBITIONS AND CONVICTIONS TO THE GROUP’S BEST INTERESTS.

AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IS NOT FOR HIJACKING BY INDIVIDUALS OR SHORT TERM GOALS. TRUE LEADERSHIP DEMANDS THAT WE SEEK OUT THE GROUP’S INTERESTS IN THE LONG TERM.

THE MISSION OF THE NATIONALS IS NOT LIMITED TO TOYING WITH THE EDGES OF MAJOR LEGISLATION BUT GRAPPLING WITH THE MAJOR THRUST OF SUCH LEGISLATION. OUR ROLE MUST BE TO BE AT THE CENTRE OF DECISIONMAKING, TO BE INTEGRAL TO SETTING THE

AGENDA AND NOT JUST REACTING TO SIDE ISSUES.

WE MUST BE CONSCIOUS ALSO AS AN ELECTION YEAR DRAWS NEAR, OF THE NEED TO BE MORE DISCIPLINED AND MORE UNITED TO MAXIMISE OUR VOTE.

BEING AT THE CENTRE WILL BE CRUCIAL IN THE CHALLENGES AHEAD OF US WITH THE DEEPENING DROUGHT, WHICH WILL BECOME ALL-CONSUMING TO OUR PEOPLE. MUCH WILL BE DEMANDED OF US.

IN RELATION TO THE INTERESTS OF THE GROUP, THE NATIONALS, I WOULD LIKE TO DRAW ATTENTION OF DELEGATES TO THE ATTEMPTS TO MARGINALISE CHRISTIANITY IN POLITICS. WE ARE THE PARTY WHO HAS HISTORICALLY BEEN MOST AWARE OF THE DEBTS OUR SOCIETY OWES ITS JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS.

IT IS A WORRYING DEVELOPMENT THAT THIS CONSTITUENT GROUP OF OURS IS INCREASINGLY UNDER ATTACK IN PUBLIC LIFE. IT HAS REACHED THE STAGE WHERE A SCIENTIST WHO ADDRESSES A PUBLIC LECTURE ON CLONING IS FIRST ASKED NOT ABOUT HIS FACTS, BUT

ABOUT HIS RELIGION.

IT SEEMS THE ADVOCATES OF CLONING ARE ASKING US TO HAVE FAITH, NOT IN THEIR SCIENCE, BECAUSE IT DOESN’T EXIST YET, BUT IN THEIR FAITH THAT IT WILL EXIST ONE DAY.

THE NATIONALS MUST REMEMBER THAT SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES ARE A CORE CONSTITUENCY WHO DESERVE A VOICE OR THEY WILL CERTAINLY FEEL FREE TO TAKE THEIR VOTES ELSEWHERE.

WE SHOULD BE VERY AWARE OF THE REAL AND JUSTIFIABLE CONCERNS THAT EXIST AMONG OUR CONSTITUENTS. IF THE PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL IS PASSED, AUSTRALIA COULD ONE DAY GIVE THE GIFT OF CLONING HUMANS TO THE WORLD.

NATURALLY, WE WOULD NOT ALLOW A CLONED EMBRYO TO BE IMPLANTED IN A WOMAN’S UTERUS HERE, BUT WHAT’S TO STOP THE TECHNOLOGY WE DEVELOP FROM BEING USED OVERSEAS - WHERE THERE IS NO REGULATION?

THE POINT IS THAT WE ARE BEING ASKED TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN CLONING TECHNOLOGY. IS THAT A LEGACY THAT THE SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE NATIONALS WISH TO LEAVE THE WORLD?

WHEN WE CONSIDER LEGISLATION, WE GENERALLY SEEK TO KNOW WHAT’S INVOLVED, TO QUANTIFY THE RESOURCES OR OUTCOMES AND SO ON. BUT THE CLONING BILL ASKS US AS LEGISLATORS TO SIGN OFF ON A TECHNOLOGY THAT IS YET TO BE DEVELOPED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, HAS NOT BEEN TESTED ON ANIMALS, HAS NO PROOF OF PRINCIPLE AND NO ONE CAN TELL US HOW MANY EGGS FROM WOMEN AND RABBITS WILL BE NEEDED IN THE PROCESS.

I BELIEVE IN GOD AND I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF GOD’S GREATEST GIFTS IS “REASON” AND IT IS REASON ALONE THAT TELLS ME IF THERE IS

ANOTHER WAY THAN CLONING TO STUDY DISEASES AND GROW CELLS FOR THERAPY, THEN WE SHOULD GO DOWN THAT PATH.

AND THERE IS. IN THE SINCERE QUEST FOR TRUTH THAT SHOULD MOTIVATE US ALL, REGARDLESS OF RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION, WE SHOULD KNOW AND ACCEPT THAT THE TECHNOLOGY FROM ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCHERS IS DOING THE JOB NOW.

WE’VE HAD THE DEBATE ABOUT EMBRYO STEM CELL RESEARCH. IT IS ALIVE AND WELL IN AUSTRALIA. THIS IS NOT THAT DEBATE. THIS IS A NEW DEBATE - ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS CREATING HUMAN AND MIXED HUMAN-ANIMAL EMBRYO CLONES IN ORDER TO DESTROY THEM FOR RESEARCH.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I THOUGHT LONG AND HARD ABOUT MY REMARKS TODAY.

I HOPE YOU DO TOO. THANK YOU.