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Election Survey - Western Australia 2013 - Q3


Q3 - 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 allow doctors to intentionally kill their patients? 

Party Reply Score

WA Labor Party

WA Labor allows Members to exercise a conscience vote on euthanasia and so we will not be forcing Members to vote any one particular way on this issue.

Anyy debate in Parliament on assisted suicide for terminally ill people should be part of a wider community debate. If the issue comes before Parliament and Members have not already formed a position, they will seek views from all sections of the electorate and carefully consider those views before deciding on their voting position.

5

Liberal Party

Euthanasia is a matter of individual conscience, not a Party matter, so Members of Parliament can vote as they wish; however a re-elected Liberal Government has no plans to introduce laws relating to voluntary euthansia in Western Australia.

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Family First Party                                                                                                    

Yes definitely.
 10
The Greens 

For voluntary euthanasia where the person has a terminal illness, no.
2

The Nationals

Unsure.

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Australian Christians                                                                                               

Australian Christians affirm that all life is valuable and that everyone should do all in their power to support and protect the most vulnerable in our families and communities. We believe there is a very clear demarcation between giving good compassionate medical care to the very end of a patient’s life and deliberate interference or assistance for the express purpose of ending that life.

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Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000




 


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