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Friday, 16 November 2012

Voluntary euthanasia discussion paper to inform debate on Greens bill in 2013

Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann has welcomed the release of a comprehensive report from Australia 21 which examines the facts around  voluntary euthanasia and looks at existing schemes overseas. Ms Faehrmann's Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill is in the final stages of drafting and is due for debate in 2013.

"Given overwhelming public support and the suffering of some patients who want better end of life options, it is critical that we have a well informed public debate free from scare mongering. This report goes a long way to kick starting that debate, " said Ms Faehrmann.

"I will be sending a copy of this report to all my colleagues in the NSW Parliament. It is critical that read it before considering my bill in the new year.

"Importantly, the report recognises that voluntary euthanasia is already occurring in Australia despite being unlawful. This is exactly why the Greens bill is so important. We need to put in place appropriate safeguards for something that is already taking place. My bill will provide better choices and security at the end of life for people in extreme pain.

"The scare mongering around slippery slopes and non-voluntary euthanasia is not based in fact.  While not strictly taking sides, this report is a welcome unbiased examination of these issues and will hopefully allow politicians to see through these false arguments," said Ms Faehrmann.

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