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SEX DISCRIMINATION AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 1) 2000

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment
moved thereto by Mr McClelland, viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "the House:

(1) condemns the Government for introducing a bill which is:

 (a) discriminatory and socially divisive;

(b) a completely inadequate response to the complex ethical, social and economic issues involved in the development and use of assisted reproductive technologies; and

(c) totally ignores other areas involving the care and upbringing of children where similar issues and principles are raised; and

(2) calls on the Government to implement the strong and unanimous recommendations of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council to establish a national framework to regulate the provision and development of assisted reproductive technology (ART) services which should include:

 (a) mechanisms to evaluate, assess and prioritise the provision of ART services, including providing necessary criteria to protect, as a primary consideration, the interests of children who may be born from the use of ART as well as the interests of donors and those persons seeking to use ART;

(b) measures to ensure that any child born as a result of the use of ART is able to identify and locate his or her biological parents;

(c) adequate facilities and resources for medical practitioners to obtain expert advice and guidance on the complex ethical, social and economic issues involved in the use of ART; and

(d) procedures to monitor and review the use of ART to ensure that the benefits of ART to participants are balanced with the interests of society as a whole"—

Debate resumed.

Mrs Irwin addressing the House—