Gladys Berejiklian’s colleagues fear a euthanasia bill would be politically poisonous for her as some MPs demand the New South Wales Premier keeps a promise of no more conscience votes. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich intends to draft a private member’s bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill patients. He expects the bill could be before parliament mid-next year.
However, the issue is expected to cause bitter tension among Liberals, with several MPs insisting that Ms Berejiklian had promised that euthanasia would be not pursued after last year’s abortion debate.
Ms Berejiklian assured colleagues in a party room meeting in August 2019 that there would be no more conscience votes in this term of government.
The decriminalisation of abortion was politically damaging for Ms Berejiklian despite it being a private member’s bill, also introduced by Mr Greenwich but co-sponsored by several Coalition MPs.
In 2017, the NSW upper house debated a bill to make it legal for terminally ill patients aged 25 or over and expected to die within 12 months to end their own life with medical assistance. It was narrowly defeated by one vote.
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