SMH: Embryo cloning gets the go-ahead, after the conscience vote from the house of representatives last night. A truly sad day for Australia, where its protestant root has been long forgotten. John Howard's speech transcript is actually a nice read, where he argued from Christian's point view against relativism. Also noted that both John Howard and opposition leader Kevin Rudd, who also has a Christian view, voted against the bill. So were other known Christians/Catholics like Peter Costello and Tony Abbott (may I also add Peter Garrett?). Instead of splitting between Liberal and Labor, you can draw a line between those who voted "Yes" and "No" -- and you get pretty much good idea on who hold conservative value and who don't. An interesting point though -- MPs are supposed to be representatives, but were they elected by their point of view on this embryo cloning matter?