Minister denies decision on stem cell research

Tuesday, 12 March, 2002

Mr Kevin Andrews, the Federal Minister for Ageing, has denied reports cabinet has reached a decision to ban embryonic stem cell research.

Mr Kevin Andrews says cabinet discussed the matter, but more consultation is to take place before the commonwealth finalises its position. The issue will be further discussed at the Council of Australian Governments meeting on 5 April 2002.

The science community says it is getting mixed messages from a reported federal cabinet decision, to either ban or severely restrict research on spare embryos. A decision to ban the research would contradict the recommendations of an all-party parliamentary committee.

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