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Peter Costello

Treasurer

11 March 1996 - 3 December 2007

Transcript of 20/12/2005

Treasurer
Doorstop Interview

ABC Centre, Southbank
Tuesday, 20 December 2005
9.00 am

SUBJECTS: Stem cell research

TREASURER:

… expert committee, and I want to carefully consider what it says. I think the capacity for medical research to treat diseases like Parkinson’s disease is so important, but I do not believe that potential lives can be created and destroyed. Now if there is a way through this that can protect and respect human life whilst allowing medical research to continue, I would like to find it, and I will be looking carefully at the report.

JOURNALIST:

Does the idea of creating embryos then at an early stage in order to carry out scientific research constitute that balance of life?

TREASURER:

I would be against creating embryos for the purpose of destroying them in medical research. I think that is taking a callous view of life, but where there are stem cells that otherwise would be destroyed, and they can be put to a medical use which has the potential to deliver treatment for life saving treatment, then I would be in favour of that. And it is a careful balance, I want to very carefully consider the issues. Thanks.

I would be against creating embryos for the purpose of destroying them in medical research. I think that is taking a callous view of life, but where there are stem cells that otherwise would be destroyed, and they can be put to a medical use which has the potential to deliver treatment for life saving treatment, then I would be in favour of that. And it is a careful balance, I want to very carefully consider the issues. Thanks.