The Prime Minister (presumably having learned something from having had some of his back benchers and senators cross the floor recently) has almost certainly decided to allow a conscience vote on embryonic stem cell research.
And so he should.
I think we should reasonably expect our Minister of Health to be able to bring to the debate an objective and open minded view of the positive and negative aspects of this debate, based on scientific evidence.
There are now many authorities in this field suggesting that cures for spinal cord paralysis, Parkinsons Disease, and many other disabling diseases may be found in embryonic stem cell research.
To date, sufferers of these conditions have had no hope of a cure. How wonderful it would be if they had some hope of recovery. Millions of people are affected by diabetes (not all because of their lifestyle). This is another disease which scientists believe can be cured.
But Tony Abbott is doing his very best to stamp out debate and absolutely does not want to see any further research done.
Why? Because once again (remember RU486) of his religious beliefs.
Presumably these beliefs run along the lines of "God is all powerful, it is up to him to decide who lives and dies, who gets dreadful diseases etc etc and we may not interfere".
Do you think these beliefs are appropriate in our Federal Minister for Health?
And do you feel that embryonic stem cell research should be allowed to proceed?