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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee (National Health and Medical Research Council)

Estimates & Committees
Lee Rhiannon 10 Feb 2016

Lee questions Professor Anne Kelso, Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council on the fate of three baboons used in experiments at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.

Senator RHIANNON: I have a question for the National Health and Medical Research Council. It is about the three baboons. Could you inform the committee on what has happened to the three baboons-I understand they are called Scar, Belvedere and Frazer-who were used in experiments at Westmead Hospital.

Prof. Kelso: I am sorry that in moving to the table I did not hear all of your question.

Senator RHIANNON: I will repeat it: what has been the fate of the three baboons-I understand they were called Scar, Belvedere and Frazer-who were used in experiments at Westmead Hospital.

Prof. Kelso: I am sorry, I do not know the answer to that. The NHMRC is not responsible for monitoring the animals in the baboon facility, so we do not have that information.

Senator RHIANNON: Once the institution is experimenting on the animals, it is no longer under your responsibility?

Prof. Kelso: At no point are the animals themselves under our care or responsibility.

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you.

 

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