The ACT’s Labor-Greens controlled Parliament would likely pass the “most extreme” voluntary euthanasia laws in the country if granted the power to legislate on the issue, Liberal Senator Zed Seselja has warned. Source: Canberra Times.
Senator Seselja said the ACT Legislative Assembly, with its “unchecked power”, couldn’t be trusted to pass responsible legislation because of the Barr Government’s track record.
He pointed to the government’s “mismanagement” of the health system, refusal to further crack down on bikie gangs and consideration of “extreme laws” to “decriminalise violence-inducing drugs such as ice” to push his case that the ACT shouldn’t be allowed to legislate on voluntary assisted dying.
Labor and the Greens have fired back at the Liberal senator, accusing him again of failing to stand up for the interests of Canberrans.
In an opinion piece published in The Canberra Times, Senator Seselja provided his most detailed defence of his controversial position.
He argued that with no upper house in the 25-seat Legislative Assembly, there were “few constraints” on the ACT Government’s power to pass legislation.
He said the ACT Government should be focused on fixing the public health system, or supporting palliative care.
ACT would pass ‘most extreme’ euthanasia laws if given chance: Zed Seselja (By Lucy Bladen and Dan Jervis-Bardy, Canberra Times)
How much power over our lives should 13 politicians have? (Canberra Times)
Labor split over assisted dying law (The Australian)