Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the euthanasia bill to be debated soon in the Tasmanian Legislative Council. Source: The Examiner.
In a four-page pastoral letter to Tasmanian Catholics, Archbishop Porteous said the bill introduced by Independent MP Mike Gaffney, went further than legislation in Victoria and Western Australia.
“Yet the bill has received no expert scrutiny through an independent inquiry process,” Archbishop Porteous said. “The bill needs a thorough parliamentary inquiry.
Mr Gaffney rejected the need for a parliamentary inquiry to consider his private member’s bill.
He said there had been public inquiries Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland and all three supported euthanasia laws.
Archbishop Porteous said nothing was more important than protecting the lives of vulnerable Tasmanians.
The bill, he said, would also have major implications for Catholic health and aged care services which would never be allowed in those facilities.
Archbishop Porteous urged Catholics to “participate in the political process” and write to parliamentarians about the bill. Debate on the bill starts on September 15.
Live and Die Well spokesman Ben Smith challenged Mr Gaffney to a public debate on the bill which he said was dangerous and flawed.
Archbishop Julian Porteous says bill will put vulnerable Tasmanians at risk (By Sue Bailey, The Examiner)
A pastoral letter to the Catholic community in Tasmania - To live and die well (Hobart Archdiocese)