A vote on euthanasia laws in New South Wales has been unexpectedly delayed until next year, with the bill yesterday being referred to an upper house committee. Source: The Australian.
Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, who introduced the bill last week, was taken by surprise by the move, describing it as “a bit of a last-minute process in the Legislative Council”.
The proposed legislation is still expected to be debated in the lower house this year. If it passes, the bill will then be examined by the upper house’s Committee on Law and Justice, which will report back by the first sitting day of 2022.
However, the Government has yet to confirm when that debate will take place and is not giving consideration of the bill any priority.
Other supporters of the bill denied the move was intended to avoid a controversial debate during the early days of the new Perrottet government.
Both Premier Dominic Perrottet and Labor leader Chris Minns have indicated they will vote against the bill, but will allow a conscience vote among party members.
One of the Labor co-sponsors of the bill, Adam Searle, supported the move to send the bill to a committee and said it would not slow down its passage.
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