Tuesday, 7 November 2006
Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Bill 2006
Can I suggest that, given we are about to adjourn for question time, we may actually have the time that we need. So rather than postponing that amendment for now, should we just go with the flow and see whether we have the necessary advice or information? I just want to make very clear that I am happy to support the amendment before us. I do not see it as a problematic amendment. I am happy to take advice, however, from the NHMRC. I do think it is the prerogative of the parliament to decide what criteria are used in the assessment of licences.
This is obviously a new criterion that has been suggested by Senator Nettle. I think she has spent some time appropriately refining that criterion. There were a couple of versions that were discussed previously that I was a little ‘uh-oh’ about but I think this is an agreeable amendment so I am happy to state that as my position on record. I am not sure if there is a nod there—through you, Mr Temporary Chairman—from Senator Webber but we will see what other people think. I look forward to that information but at this stage I am happy to debate any or all of the amendments and I am sure after question time I will have my own and Senator Webber’s amendments to add to that list.