The Nationals Leader in the Senate, Senator Ron Boswell, has urged Queenslanders to join the fight to stop the legalisation of human cloning in Queensland.
Speaking in Toowoomba tomorrow, Senator Boswell will tell those attending that there is no evidence that cloning human embryos would lead to cures.
Around 30 people will turn out tomorrow at the Metro Caf in Railway Street to hear the Senator and local Doctor David van Gend explain why cloning is ethically wrong and unnecessary to help disease suffers.
"All of the advances in stem cell technology such as those assisting diabetes sufferers - had come from ethical adult stem cells, not from embryos or stem cells from cloned embryos," Senator Boswell said.
"No cures have ever been developed from embryo stem cells and there is no need to take the next step on the ethical slippery slope and allow the cloning of human embryos for stem cell research."
Senator Boswell was instrumental last year in securing $21 million for the world's first adult stem cell centre, located at Griffith University in Brisbane.
The Queensland Parliament will have a conscience vote to pass complementary legislation to the Federal Government's laws on cloning.
"I would urge everyone to lobby their State member of Parliament and explain to them that cloning is wrong and cloning is unnecessary to help sick people."
Senator Boswell organised the public forum to raise awareness of the issue.
He will be joined at the forum by The Nationals Senate Team candidates, David Goodwin and Scott Buchholz.
Senator Boswell played a major role in the campaign against cloning in the Senate last November and was disappointed the legislation passed in a very close vote.
"Cloning embryos for stem cell therapies has not been proven in animal models and there is no justification for creating and destroying human embryos for research," Senator Boswell said.
"If politicians want to help people suffering from terrible diseases, they should concentrate on where the results are now.
Adult stem cells have no issues with rejection or tumours when implanted in to a disease sufferer and there is no need for immunosuppressant drugs.
Senator Boswell hoped Queensland Parliamentarians would take note of the opposition to cloning from Labor Leader Kevin Rudd, Labor Environment Spokesman Peter Garrett, Prime Minister John Howard, Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, Treasurer Peter Costello and former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson.
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