The “undecided” cohort of West Australian MPs has dwindled as more upper house members have indicated they will vote in favour of the McGowan Government’s euthanasia laws. Source: The West Australian.
As the first week of debate in the Legislative Council ended yesterday, three more MPs backed the second reading of the bill which would then push the legislation through to the next phase, where each of the 184 clauses will be scrutinised and face potential amendments.
Liberal Democrats Aaron Stonehouse said that as a Christian he does not personally approve of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) but he has given his “in-principle support” and confirmed he will vote yes in order to send the bill to the next stage.
Other MPs who signalled their early support include Nationals MP Martin Aldridge and Labor’s Kyle McGinn who said the process has left him feeling “emotionally broken”.
This takes the total of upper house MPs believed to be undecided who say they now support the bill to five.
Mr Stonehouse warned his continual support is not to be a “foregone conclusion”.
“I am still for the voluntary assisted dying principle. But you can’t expand freedom for some people at the expense of others,” he said.
“We should apply a principle of freedom broadly and the way I see freedom is not something that is owed to you by other people.”
He plans to raise concerns regarding protections for medical professionals who may be conscientious objectors and wants to ensure patients seeking VAD have the capacity to make the decision without coercion.
‘Undecided’ MPs to vote in favour of voluntary assisted dying laws (The West Australian)