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Change the law to stop patents over human genetic material.

At the moment, our genetic material can be patented or “owned” by biotech companies. This means they can hold a monopoly over them and accessing testing and treatments will become increasingly costly and slow. This is obviously not helpful for diagnosis, or the very difficult treatment decisions which a person must make once aware that they carry these genetic mutations.

This needs to change.

It's our genes. It's not ‘property’. Companies should not be able to own human genetic material. They should not be able to stop researchers using what occurs in nature to help find cures and treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Methods of testing or access to material for researchers need to be made as free and as easy as possible to speed it up and make sure we get the most innovative and the best health care in the promising new age of personalised medicine.

Cancer Voices Australia, and the many people living with cancer today, are calling for an amendment to the Patents Act which would exclude the ability to patent any human genetic material.

Can you help add more voices to the campaign against gene patents by sharing the petition on twitter (link) and Facebook (link)?

Let’s say no to gene patents!

#notogenepatents

Tweet to @JuliaGillard and @TonyAbbottMHR

This petition was delivered to:
  • Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for Arts
    Mark Dreyfus QC MP
  • Leader of the Australian Greens
    Senator Richard Di Natale
  • Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for the Arts
    Mark Dreyfus
  • Australian Greens
    Senator Penny Wright
  • Leader of the Australian Greens
    Senator Christine Milne
  • Minister for Health
    The Hon Tanya Plibersek
  • Prime Minister
    The Hon Julia Gillard MP
  • Australian Greens
    Senator Richard Di Natale
  • Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science
    Mrs Sophie Mirabella MP
  • Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research
    The Hon Chris Bowen MP
  • Minister for Industry and Innovation
    The Hon Greg Combet AM MP
  • Shadow Attorney-General
    Senator the Hon George Brandis SC
  • Attorney-General
    The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP
  • Shadow Minister for Health
    The Hon Peter Dutton MP
  • Leader of the Opposition
    The Hon Tony Abbott MP
  • The Australian Government
  • Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for Arts
    Mark Dreyfus QC MP


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