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CLA Advocating DNA Protection Laws

GENETIC PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

February 18, 2010

There should be no discrimination in Australia on genetic grounds, says Civil Liberties Australia (CLA), which is advocating for national legislation to allow Australians to find out what their DNA reveals without being forced to disclose their genetic test results. CLA points to concerns that disclosure could lead to prejudice on the part of potential insurers and employers. "The Australian government should legislate to protect Australians in such cases," says CLA spokesperson Tim Vines, adding, "we all have a right to use new technology to learn about our personal health situation; we don't want people to be afraid of having tests because they might lose their insurance policies if they don't disclose DNA information."
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