Therapeutic cloning legislation progresses in Australia

10 April 2008

The Australian Capital Territories (ACT) legislative assembly is the latest Australian government body to lift its prohibition on human therapeutic cloning and pass the Human Cloning and Embryo Research Amendment Act 2008 (see press release). The state governments of Victoria (see previous news), Queensland (see ABC news), New South Wales (see previous news) and Western Australia (see ABC news) passed similar legislation last year, following the decision of the Australian federal government to lift its prohibition on cloning of embryos for stem cell research in December 2006 (see previous news). Reproductive cloning remains banned by federal, state and territorial law across Australia.

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