Why is the WA government failing to listen to the fatal flaws in the Voluntary Assisted Dying 2019 Bill?
- 1500 doctors surveyed by the AMA say there is a lack of safeguards(link to https://www.watoday.com.au/politics/western-australia/wa-doctors-demand-changes-to-dying-laws-to-protect-patients-20191007-p52yd5.html)
- Aboriginal elders including Senator Patrick Dodson and Ken Wyatt MP say that the bill is against Aboriginal culture in their experience, and Dodson arguesthat consultation with Aboriginal communities was rushed, and the WA legislation contained “significant deficiencies” in terms of content and process.
- Worse still, Labor MP Tony Buti introduced a reasonable amendmentto halt any chance of doctor steering, which was opposed by WA Health Minister Roger Cook and other Labor MPs, who were seemingly under pressure from Cook to join him. Disability advocate Sam Conner has also slammed the bill.
- We encourage Legislative Council members to learn from medical and law specialists about the lack of safeguards in the bill, each of which illustrate the legal impossibility of creating a safe euthanasia regime.
- We also remind members about the flaws in the bill raised in WA Parliament. Watch several videos here:
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