Saturday, September 13, 2008

Political leaders opposed the euthanasia bill in Australia

From an article on September 11 from the Australian The Age newspaper on the defeat of the euthanasia bill in Australia it states:

"Controversial legislation giving terminally ill people the right to die with the help of a doctor has been rejected in the Victorian Parliament.

The upper house yesterday voted down the private member's bill — 25 votes to 13 — following months of passionate and emotional debate from MPs.

Planning Minister Justin Madden, Treasurer John Lenders and Liberal upper house leader David Davis were among prominent MPs to use their conscience vote to defeat the bill."

The most important point is that leaders from several parties voted the bill down when given the freedom of conscience.

Link to the original article:
http://www.theage.com.au:80/national/state-mps-vote-down-euthanasia-bill-20080910-4duu.html

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