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Lockhart stem cell legislative review.



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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP

19 December 2005

LOCKHART STEM CELL LEGISLATIVE REVIEW

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I commend the Lockhart review team for their independent report on the legislation covering stem cell research and legislation in Australia, delivered today.

Justice John Lockhart and the other committee members have examined a difficult and contentious issue in a thorough and impartial fashion.

The review panel was made up of eminent jurists and researchers who represent a broad range of views and consulted widely before reaching their conclusions.

Over the Christmas and New Year period I will study how they arrived at those conclusions.

My only comment at this stage is that I want to see both embryonic and adult stem cell research continue in Australia under a strict ethical framework.

This issue, like others recently, will not be resolved through partisan or abusive debate.

I hope there will be an intelligent, fact-based and respectful debate from the two sides that will inevitably arise in this issue.

The report can be found at www.lockhartreview.com.au

Media Contact: Kirsty Boazman, 02 6277 7580, 0412 171 444 Email: kirsty.boazman@industry.gov.au

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