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Victorian Premier does not support euthanasia

by | Jun 23, 2015

By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that ran at noeuthanasia.org.au.

Labor Premier Daniel Andrews

Labor Premier Daniel Andrews

A report in the Melbourne Age newspaper [The Age] this week says that Labor Premier Daniel Andrews has significant concerns about euthanasia and does not support moves towards legislation on the issue.

While conceding that there seems to be ‘momentum’ on the issue, he expressed reservations, saying that, “there are some safeguard issues, and there some balance issues I’m troubled by.”

Andrews pointed out that he developed his opposition to euthanasia when he was Victoria’s Health Minister in a previous Labor government. He observed, according to the report, “a growing need to free up hospital beds to meet patient demand. Without enough checks and balances around physician-assisted death, ‘there are some challenges, particularly in a system where there are finite resources.’” …

These comments come as the inquiry into end-of-life issues created by the Victorian Government begins to receive submissions in what is set to be a significant inquiry that is certain to create a great deal of interest.

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