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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Page: 3250


Senator SIEWERT (3:57 PM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a)   acknowledges that:

(i)   there are approximately 60 000 donor conceived individuals in Australia and with advances in reproductive technology this number is likely to increase significantly,

(ii)   all children, including adopted children and children conceived by artificial forms of conception, have the right to know, as far as possible, who their genetic parents are, and

(iii)   not enabling donor conceived individuals to have access to information about their donors and half siblings is a violation of the human rights of donor conceived individuals as described in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory; and

(b)   agrees that Australia should consider enshrining the rights of donor conceived individuals in national legislation and the need for a nationally-controlled donor registry, given that the vast majority of donor conceived people do not have access to proper family medical histories.