Anger as bid for voluntary euthanasia laws in Tasmania fails for third time

The defeat of Tasmania’s third attempt to introduce voluntary euthanasia laws has been met with anger and disappointment, with MPs labelled cowardly. MPs were allowed a conscience vote on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, with eight voting for and 16 voting against the bill.The bill would have allowed people to end their own lives in certain medical circumstances.It had been co-sponsored by Labor MP Lara Giddings and Greens leader Cassy O’Connor.Ms O’Connor said the bill had been designed around compassion and keeping the status quo was “cruel.”She lauded Franklin Liberal Nic Street for being “the first Tasmanian Liberal MP ever to vote in support of assisted dying legislation.”She was disappointed that despite polling consistently indicating 80-85 per cent public support, Tasmanian MPs voted against the reform.Ms O’Connor vowed to bring the bill back.”Because every day we delay on this issue, we abandon people who …
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