Qld allows cloning research by close margin

The Catholic Labor Member for Indooroopilly in the Queensland Parliament has expressed sadness following last week's vote in favour of allowing research on cloned humans.

Ronan Lee spoke against the Research Involving Human Embryos & Prohibition of Human Cloning Amendment Bill in Parliament last week.

The bill was passed by a margin of 48 in favour and 34 against.

The result will allow scientists to create cloned human embryos for the express purpose of experimenting upon and then destroying them.

But Mr Lee pointed out in a statement that the vote in the Queensland Parliament was the closest of all Australia's Parliaments.

"This commendable result is, in no small part, a credit to the many Queensland residents who took the time to contact their local MP to let them know that this legislation is not supported by the majority of Queenslanders," Mr Lee said.

Queensland Parliament allows research on cloned humans (Hansard extract provided by Ronan Lee MP)

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Parliament of Queensland
Human Cloning (Wikipedia)

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18 Oct 2007