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Report Details


Committee Name:

Uniform Legislation and General Purposes Committee (2002 - 2005)

House:

Legislative Council
Report Type:Report

Title:

Human Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2003 and Human Reproductive Technology Amendment (Prohibition of Human Cloning) Bill 2003
Report No:13
No of Pages:30
Physical Location:Legislative Council Committee Office

Presentation Date:

12/10/2003
Inquiry Name(s):Human Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2003 and Human Reproductive Technology Amendment (Prohibition of Human Cloning) Bill 2003


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1 On November 11 2003 the Human Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2003 (HRT Amendment Bill) and the Human Reproductive Technology Amendment (Prohibition of Human Cloning) Bill 2003 (Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill) (together referred to as Bills) stood referred to the Uniform Legislation and General Purposes Committee (Committee) pursuant to standing order 230A.

2 The purposes of the Bills are to “prohibit human cloning and other unacceptable practices [Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill]” and to “regulate research involving human embryos [HRT Amendment Bill]” in conjunction with a national scheme.

3 The Committee considered the following issues:
    the expiry provision of proposed section 53ZW in clause 36;
    the change in the definition of ‘embryo’ to ‘human embryo’; and
    the review provisions of the Bills.

Recommendations

Recommendation 1: The Committee recommends that during debate in the Council on proposed section 53ZV in clause 36 of the Human Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2003, the House consider the adequacy of parliamentary scrutiny in respect of the proposed expiry of the limitation on the use of embryos created before April 5 2002. To assist debate the Committee draws the attention of the House to paragraphs 8.6 to 8.10 of this report.

Recommendation 2: The Committee recommends that the proposed Part 4B, Division 11 in clause 36 of the Human Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2003 be amended in the following manner:

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(4) The Minister is to prepare a report based on the review made under subsection (1) and cause the report to be laid before each House of Parliament not later than 12 months from the date on which the review is first commenced.

(5) The Minister must cause a copy of the report based on the review conducted under section 47 of the Commonwealth Human Embryo Act to be laid before each House of Parliament not later than six sitting days from the date of receipt of the report.


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Recommendation 3: The Committee recommends that the proposed Part 4A, Division 4 in clause 9 of the Human Reproductive Technology Amendment (Prohibition of Human Cloning) Bill 2003 be amended in the following manner:

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(4) The Minister is to prepare a report based on the review made under subsection (1) and cause the report to be laid before each House of Parliament not later than 12 months from the date on which the review is first commenced.

(5) The Minister must cause a copy of the report based on the review conducted under section 25 of the Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002 of the Commonwealth to be laid before each House of Parliament not later than six sitting days from the date of receipt of the report.


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