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Update on Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia Motion in the Senate

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Dear Moira,

 

On Wednesday, the Senate passed a motion put forward by Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm for a bill to be debated which  would allow the A.C.T. and Northern Territory to legislate for assisted-suicide and euthanasia.

The bill will now be debated in the senate between August 14-16. It is imperative that we contact our senators and convey to them the dangers of allowing the Territories to legalise assisted-suicide and euthanasia.

It is incomprehensible that political parties crow about preventing rising suicide rates and then look to pass legislation allowing people to suicide. This sends a message that suicide is not only acceptable, but a satisfactory option for people enduring any difficulty, be it depression, physical pain (which can be effectively managed with palliative care), frailty or disability.

Assisted suicide and euthanasia would open up a Pandora’s Box in relation to elder abuse, the breakdown of doctor-patient trust and coercion of those unable to make informed decisions including those with physical or mental disabilities, the elderly and children.

 Additionally, each Territory Parliament consists of only 25 politicians, and they are unicameral parliaments, that is, there is no upper house of review or checks and balances to scrutinise the shortfalls of any proposed legislation and either block bad legislation or force amendments to bills. Therefore, 13 politicians could legalise euthanasia/assisted suicide in each territory, which is hardly a representation of the wider community.

ACTION: Email your senators here and ask them to oppose the Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015.

For points you can make (in your own words) click here.


Sincerely,

Paul Monagle

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