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Tuesday, 12 November 2002
Page: 6140

Senator MURPHY (8:42 PM) —by leave—With respect to what is proposed in this amendment and what is also proposed in an amendment by the Australian Greens, as I understand it, there is at this point in time an inquiry being conducted by the Australian Law Reform Commission and the Australian Health Ethics Committee with respect to the protection of human genetic information. They are due to report by March next year. I am not sure what the terms of reference cover—and I am trying to find out what they cover. I am not sure whether the terms of reference cover many of the issues raised here, and rightly raised, and whether we are asking for something that has already been done. If not, perhaps it can be incorporated into something else and done much more quickly than 12 months or indeed another period of time.