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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7042


Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (7:36 PM) —I tried to answer Senator Harradine before dinner, but my answer was a bit compressed. Under the bill, as I mentioned before, the Human Research Ethics Committee evaluation will be one of the things considered by the NHMRC. While the evaluation will not be public, the NHMRC committee's decision will be and it will be on the public database. I know that will not satisfy Senator Harradine's concerns, but I appreciate that he has withdrawn amendments (4), (5) and (6) and I hope we can now move on.