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Thursday, 14 November 2002
Page: 6340

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (10:32 AM) —The Prime Minister has said that the regulation in relation to the export of embryos would be extant for 12 months. So it would be a finite term, and there would be a review in the meanwhile. The regulation in relation to the import of viable materials derived from human embryo clones and stem cells derived from human embryo clones would stand until revoked. That is different from the statement in relation to the export of embryos. And, of course, there will be the review as well.

In relation to the question of this going into regulation I, as the minister, would seek to have it put into regulation as soon as possible. Regulations can be implemented expeditiously, but I would want to make sure that the wording was appropriate and in accordance with the statements that have been made. I would seek to have that done as soon as possible. I cannot give the Senate any more definite a time than that, but I would be very keen to see these regulations in place.