It’s “not Government policy” to have a bill to legalise euthanasia come before the New South Wales Parliament next year, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said. Source: The Daily Telegraph.
“It’s not government policy and I would prefer that issue wasn’t debated, given everything else we’re facing,” Ms Berejiklian said, referring to COVID-19.
The comments were seen by one senior minister as a warning for party members not to agitate on the issue.
But following the statements, backbenchers who oppose euthanasia have strengthened calls for the Premier to rule out the party allowing a conscience vote on the matter.
Independent MP Alex Greenwich intends to have legislation to legalise euthanasia drafted for public consultation six months from now but doesn’t intend to introduce the bill until there is appetite for it to be debated in parliament.
He said he agreed with Ms Berejiklian that the pandemic is the state’s priority and that he would not rush introducing the bill.
A number of Liberal MPs want the Premier to move to kill off any bid to legalise euthanasia by indicating the party would vote against the bill in parliament.
Berejiklian would ‘prefer’ euthanasia bill isn’t introduced into parliament (By James O’Doherty and Anna Caldwell, The Daily Telegraph)