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Election Survey - Commonwealth of Australia 2016 - Q9


Q9 - Euthanasia


Euthanasia means the intentional killing of a person who is suffering pain or mental distress, instead of providing medical treatment or palliative care. Euthanasia does not mean ending treatment that is futile or burdensome, since treatment can always be declined. Evidence from the Netherlands, Oregon and the Northern Territory shows that legalised euthanasia has led to the deaths of persons who were not terminally ill, or were suffering treatable depression or did not ask for euthanasia.

Would you vote against any proposal to facilitate Territory bills allowing doctors to intentionally kill their patients?

Party Reply Score

Family First

Yes, definitely. Family First has spoken against such efforts in the Senate and will oppose any methods used to legalise euthanasia in Australia.  We support Australia having the world’s best palliative care and pain management policies in the world.

  10

Australian Labor Party

Euthanasia is unlawful in Australia in all States and Territories. When the matter of voluntary euthanasia has previously come before Parliament, it has been dealt with as a conscience vote. This remains Federal Labor's position, recognising that people of good will can have strongly different positions on the issue.

   5

Liberal Nationals Coalition

The Coalition believes in the right of a Member or Senator to vote on matters according to their conscience.  As has occurred previously, should a Bill concerning euthanasia be introduced in the Parliament, all members of the Coalition parties, as a matter of principle, would be able to exercise a conscience vote.

Under the Howard Government, the Coalition made time for the Andrews Bill to be brought forward and debated.  The legislation overturned the Northern Territory euthanasia law.

   5

Rise Up Australia Party

Yes, definitely.

  10

Christian Democratic Party

Yes, definitely.

  10

Australian Christians

Yes, definitely.

  10

Online Direct Democracy

No comment.

   1

The Greens

Definitely not.  The Greens believe we should respect the wishes of individuals facing ongoing pain and suffering in the grip of terminal illness and provide the choice of a dignified pain-free death.

   2



 


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