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Thursday, 13 February 1986
Page: 230


Senator COONEY —I give notice that, nine sitting days after today, I shall move:

That the Artificial Conception Ordinance 1985, as contained in Australian Capital Territory Ordinance No. 57 of 1985, and made under the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910, be disallowed.

I seek leave, Mr President, to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.


Senator COONEY —This Ordinance provides for a conclusive presumption of parenthood of a child born as a result of the new artificial conception techniques. The Ordinance is innovative in character and changes some fundamental common law rights of parents and children. It was made about a month before the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs tabled its report on in vitro fertilisation and the status of children. The Committee requires time to examine the implications of the Ordinance, in particular whether the changes to the law are of such significance that they really warrant enactment in a Bill. Today is the last day on which notice of motion of disallowance can be given.