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Australia Greens announce plan to legalize euthanasia

by | Aug 16, 2013

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Greens Party Senator Richard Di Natale

Greens Party Senator Richard Di Natale

On Thursday the Australian Greens announced their intention of legalizing euthanasia, if elected, in the upcoming federal election. A one-sided article that was published in the Australian Times stated:

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale outlined the plan earlier today at a press conference in Sydney. He said that the Greens would base their euthanasia policy on a bill proposed by federal Greens candidate Cate Faehrmann in New South Wales earlier this year.

The article continued:

Dr Di Natale said that it was unlikely Ms Faehrmann’s legislation would be implemented as it currently stands, claiming that it would provide a basis for a Senate inquiry into the best possible way to introduce federally-sanctioned euthanasia.

The article continues by quoting Austalia’s “Dr Death,” Philip Nitschke but appears to intentionally ignore comments from Paul Russell, the leader of HOPE Australia.

Faehrmann’s euthanasia bill was soundly defeated on May 23 in the New South Wales.

Paul Russell wrote an article about the defeat of the New South Wales euthanasia bill where he explained how the work of HOPE Australia and the distribution of the book: “Exposing Vulnerable People to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide,” by Alex Schadenberg to members of the New South Wales parliament were primarily responsible for the extraordinary defeat of the euthanasia bill.

I predict that the Australian Greens support for euthanasia will not translate into a federal election victory for the Greens and will not lead to the Australian government legalizing euthanasia.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog.

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