Q4 - Euthanasia
Euthanasia means the intentional killing of a person who may be suffering pain or mental distress, instead of providing medical treatment or palliative care. It 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 that would facilitate the intentional killing of patients by health professionals?
The Liberals will not introduce euthanasia legislation in the next Parliament. Should another party introduce legislation, Liberal Members will be allowed a conscience vote.
|Australian Labor Party
"Dying with Dignity" allows terminally ill people in certain circumstances to voluntarily choose to die with dignity, subject to the appropriate safeguards. Labor recognises that this a complex and difficult issue and will continue to respect the right of Labor Members of Parliament to exercise a conscience vote.
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