Monday, August 20, 2018

Australian Senator changed his mind and voted against euthanasia bill.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Last week, the Australian Senate defeated a euthanasia bill (36 to 34) that would have permitted the Territories to legalize euthanasia.

According to an article by Greg Brown in The Australian, Senator Burston reversed his long-held support for the euthanasia bill after meeting with former Northern Territory chief minister Marshall Perron and former Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler. 

Senator Burston claims that Perron admitted that there were problems with the Northern Territories euthanasia bill. The Australian reported:
Senator Burston, of the United Australia Party, said Mr Perron told him there were problems with the NT’s laws passed in 1995 — later overruled by the federal government — and revealed two of the people that used the procedure came from interstate. 
Mr Perron yesterday denied he told Senator Burston there were problems with the legislation, accusing the NSW senator of using him as an excuse for backflipping at the 11th hour.

According to the The Australian Senator Burston insisted that Perron admitted that there were problems with the Northern Territories euthanasia law.
“He admitted they made mistakes in that legislation. I said, ‘Well what’s to say they won’t make mistakes again?’ ” Senator Burston said.

“He said: ‘No, no, no they won’t make mistakes again.’ So that put enough doubt in my mind that perhaps they weren’t coming up with appropriate legislation with the appropriate safeguards; it just made me feel uncomfortable.

“It was enough to convince me that perhaps it might not be appropriate at this stage.”
The Australian Senate defeated the euthanasia bill after several Senators changed their vote. 

1 comment:

Bernadette Cheng said...

I strongly against passing of Euthanasia bill in Australia