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July 5, 2023

New Bill to Collect Data on Overseas Organ Transplants

A new bill introduced to the Australian Parliament would require incoming passengers to disclose if they have received an organ transplant overseas. The bill, introduced by Senator Smith, aims to improve the government’s ability to collect reliable data on organ transplants in Australia.

The bill would add a new question to the incoming passenger card asking if the passenger has received an organ transplant outside of Australia in the past five years. Passengers will be required to provide the name, the country, and the town or city of the medical facility where organ transplants took place. The government would then be required to prepare a report on the responses to this question and table it in Parliament.

The bill is still in its early stages, but it has already drawn attention from human rights groups who are concerned that it could discriminate against people who have received organ transplants overseas. The groups argue that the bill would make it more difficult for people who need organ transplants to access the care they need.

The government has defended the bill, saying it is necessary to protect the Australian public from the risks of organ trafficking. The government has also said the bill would not discriminate against people who have received organ transplants overseas, and there would be exemptions for people who need organ transplants for medical reasons.

The bill is expected to be debated in Parliament in the coming months.

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