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Hearing community voices: public engagement in Australian human embryo research policy, 2005-2007


Ankeny, RA and Dodds, S, Hearing community voices: public engagement in Australian human embryo research policy, 2005-2007, New Genetics and Society, 27, (3) pp. 217-232. ISSN 1463-6778 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2008 R.A. Ankeny and S. Dodds

DOI: doi:10.1080/14636770802326901


This paper investigates the recent public policy processes in Australia with regard to embryo research, including the work of the legislative review committee, parliamentary debates, and the production of the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines for embryo 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 adequate public engagement in these contentious areas. © 2008 R.A. Ankeny and S. Dodds.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:public engagement, embryo research policy, deliberative democracy
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 philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Dodds, S (Professor Susan Dodds)
ID Code:58341
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2009-09-29
Last Modified:2015-01-29

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