Balance of power MP backs Tasmania inquiry

Madeleine Ogilvie (ABC News/Brian Tegg)

A push for a public inquiry into Tasmania’s euthanasia bill is gaining momentum, with balance of power independent Madeleine Ogilvie saying she will back the move. Source: The Australian.

The private members bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying is thought to have the numbers to ultimately pass both houses of state parliament, although this is not guaranteed.

Opponents are pushing amendments, to fully exempt faith-based hospitals and aged-care homes and boost safeguards for the vulnerable, as well as a delay pending a public inquiry.

The End-of-Life Choices bill, introduced by Legislative Council MP Mike Gaffney, is expected to pass that chamber today, leaving its fate with the lower house, or House of Assembly.

Ms Ogilvie said she would support a move, urged by Catholic Health Australia, for a thorough public inquiry into the bill.

Opponents of the bill, which would allow those with terminal conditions suffering “intolerably” to be administered a lethal substance, are hopeful an inquiry would be backed by some Liberals.

Ben Smith, of anti-euthanasia group Live and Die Well, said the upper house debate had exposed a lack of adequate consultation with health and aged care professionals and organisations.

Mr Gaffney has rejected the need for an inquiry, saying all the issues had been well canvassed and that the safeguards, including a multistage approval process involving two doctors, were comprehensive.

FULL STORY

Balance of power MP backs Tasmania euthanasia inquiry, as Labor leader silent on conscience vote (The Australian

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