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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4024..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

Before concluding, I would like to make a comment on the therapeutic goods aspect of the bill. The commonwealth Therapeutics Goods Act 1989 provides the national system for regulating therapeutic goods. Because of the limits on the legislative power of the commonwealth, there are gaps in the regulation at the local level. The Galbally review recommended that each jurisdiction apply the commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to provide uniformity. This bill does that to the territory. New South Wales has similar, complementary legislation. The Therapeutic Goods Administration will have responsibility for undertaking the regulatory function.

In summary, the bill that I present today seeks to consolidate several pieces of legislation regulating medicines and poisons in the territory, to bring the territory up-to-date with current best practice and to align the territory with other jurisdictions where the proposed standards are already being applied. I commend the bill to the Legislative Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Burke ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Human Cloning and Embryo Research Amendment Bill 2007

Ms Gallagher, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability and Community Services, Minister for Women) (10.48): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Human Cloning and Embryo Research Amendment Bill 2007. This bill amends the Human Cloning and Embryo Research Act 2004 for the purposes of consistency with the corresponding commonwealth legislation, the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Act 2006, which received royal assent on 12 December 2006.

This amending legislation is required by the intergovernmental research involving human embryos and prohibition of human cloning agreement 2004, to which the territory is a party. This agreement committed all jurisdictions to introducing nationally consistent legislation to ban human cloning and establish a national regulatory regime in relation to the use of excess assisted reproductive technology embryos.

At the Council of Australian Governments meeting on 13 April 2007, the commonwealth, states and the ACT signed a notice of variation to the 2004 agreement to renew their commitment to nationally consistent arrangements for the prohibition of human cloning for reproduction and the regulation of human embryo research. To


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