The efforts of all State governments and healthcare workers are to be commended in working to ‘saving lives’ under the dreadful COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the efforts of the NSW State Government with lockdowns and restrictions in travel and work to saving lives, no thought is given to the NSW MP Alex Greenwich’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 (VAD) introduced last week aimed at ‘ending lives’. The VAD bill is likely to be tabled on Thursday, 12 August 2021 with a view to it being debated in parliament in September 2021.
“The VAD Bill is a contradiction and belittles the efforts of State governments in NSW and QLD to ‘save lives’ given the fact that Voluntary Assisted Dying and Euthanasia is NOT Healthcare, is NOT Palliative Care, and is NOT Reverseable,” said Greg Bondar, NSW/ACT State Director at FamilyVoice Australia.
The VAD bill, if passed by NSW Parliament, would make the act of one person killing another legal in NSW. This is clearly ‘State-Sanctioned Suicide’ which makes a mockery of ‘suicide prevention’ and our ‘COVID-19 Saving Lives’ campaigns by the government, peak NSW organisations, families, Aged-Care centres and the medical profession.
“Proponents of the NSW VAD bill are nothing more than ‘political pharisees’ if they support saving lives under COVID-19 but not under euthanasia” added Greg Bondar.
If we value life, believe in hope, trust modern healthcare, and wish to give our loved ones a chance, then we must oppose any moves to legalise Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in NSW/QLD.
Kevin paid tribute to the ongoing work of FamilyVoice. “It’s often been a tough battle, against the current zeitgeist which reigns supreme in the liberal media and elsewhere,” he said. “Your efforts, your prayerfulness, your thoughtfulness, your concern about the future of this country in a very real and substantive way – thank you very much!
He then noted that many Australians think there is religious freedom in Australia – in practice, as well as in law.
“But in fact there is very little protection of religious freedom here,” he said. “There is some protection in the federal Constitution, but not in the states.”
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells speaks out
FamilyVoice’s Greg Bondar recently met with NSW Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells to discuss this critical issue.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells is a very strong supporter of religious freedom. She has rightly pointed out that:
Australians of family and faith want to be able to live their lives in accordance with their faith and their convictions. The growing body of cases in Australia of people facing harassment, intimidation and persecution because of their religious beliefs and actions highlights the need for positive religious freedom laws. Some are even losing their livelihoods.
Indeed, since the 2017 same-sex marriage campaign and postal survey, people who hold and practice traditional values of marriage and family have been intimidated and harassed.
When freedom of speech, thought, conscience and belief is framed only as an “exemption” to other rights, they are “read down” against positive rights, rendering them subordinate to those other rights. A regime of positive rights in the form of religious freedom legislation would give greater effect to the right to manifest one’s freedom of thought, conscience and belief as outlined in Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
With a federal election fast approaching, it is incumbent that we maintain the pressure on the Federal Government to deliver on religious freedom.
Fred Nile has slammed the latest attempt to legalise euthanasia in NSW, introduced by NSW independent MP Alex Greenwich.
"The Christian Democratic Party has been the crucial vote in defeating similar euthanasia legislation in 2017 and fully intends to vote NO again. We stand for life,” said Nile.
In the FamilyVoice webinar on the ‘NO’ Case for Euthanasia in NSW, it was noted that Canada has fully legalised Euthanasia since June 2016 (legal in Quebec since 2015). The Canadian Government’s own stats confirm that 21 589 Canadians have been killed since enactment in 2016. Based on annual reporting from the Canadian Government that figure has increased year on year.
“This should cause worry to Australians as Canada is very similar to us, we speak the same language, we are both constitutional monarchies, our legal systems are based on common law and our values are alike as well. Could thousands be killed in Australia if Euthanasia was legalised? Absolutely”, Nile added.
FamilyVoice’s NSW State Director, who hosted The ‘NO’ Case for Euthanasia in NSW webinar, has been working with various ‘Faith Groups’ under the Coalition for Life campaign aimed at ensuring that the proposed euthanasia bill does not see the light of day on the floor of NSW Parliament.
There are plans under way by FamilyVoice for additional meetings with MPs on highlighting the ‘truth’ about euthanasia and the harmful impact it has on all who are coerced into submitting to VAD.