A bill to legalise euthanasia in South Australia will be introduced in the lower house tomorrow and will likely pass in early June, thanks in part to the support of Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas. Source: The Advertiser.
Liberal Premier Steven Marshall last night announced a change in the way the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill would be handled, following pressure from some within the Liberal Party room.
In a move that may put the Catholic Labor Leader at odds with the Catholic Church, Mr Malinauskas said he would vote in favour of the legislation.
Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan last week urged the Church community in SA to lobby their local MPs to vote against the bill, saying it enshrines the idea that some human lives are not worth living and can be ended with the blessing of the state.
Mr Malinauskas said he did not harbour any concerns over his decision clashing with the Church’s stance.
His support means the proposed legislation now has enough support to pass the lower house.
On Friday, Mr Marshall said the bill would be introduced in the lower house in the coming weeks. But yesterday he said the legislation would proceed as a private member’s motion. It will be introduced by Deputy Opposition Leader Susan Close tomorrow.
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