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Public engagement and deliberation in human embryo research governance in Australia 2001-2011


Dodds, S and Ankeny, RA, Public engagement and deliberation in human embryo research governance in Australia 2001-2011, Big Picture Bioethics: Developing Democratic Policy in Contested Domains, Springer International Publishing, S Dodds and RA Ankeny (ed), Switzerland, pp. 107-129. ISBN 9783319322391 (2016) [Revised Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2016 Springer International Publishing Switzerland

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32240-7_7


© 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. This chapter identifies and evaluates Australian processes for developing policy with regard to embryo research, including the legislative process, the work of a legislative review committee, parliamentary debates, and the production of the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines for such research. We examine various mechanisms used during each of these policymaking stages to engage various publics, and the procedures for balancing conflicting values, which were particularly evident given the strong promotion of biotechnology investment by government side by side with vigorous opposition to certain technologies by segments of the Australian community. We explore the ethical and democratic challenges posed by developments in embryo research as well as various difficulties that arose in engaging the Australian public during these policymaking processes, whether these might prove to be impediments to the development of justifiable and legitimate life sciences research policy in Australia, and what the future prospects are for productive and meaningful public engagement in these contentious areas.

Item Details

Item Type:Revised Book Chapter
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Bioethics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Dodds, S (Professor Susan Dodds)
ID Code:114516
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2017-02-17
Last Modified:2017-08-31

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