Euthanasia Bill Has People Moving To SA In Hopes Of Dying
South Australian politicians will this week debate another bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia - the 14th attempt to pass such laws in the state.
The bill, introduced jointly by Labor MP Steph Key and Liberal MP Duncan McFetridge, will be subject to a conscience vote by both major parties.
Both Premier Jay Weatherill and Opposition Leader Steven Marshall have supported the need for a full parliamentary debate.
But Mr Marshall has said he can't support the legislation in its current form and wants to see much greater safeguards included in the legislation.
"What I am prepared to do is vote for it to go through to the committee stage so amendments can be moved," he told ABC Radio last week.
"Then we can have a proper, respectful debate."
The prospect of legalised euthanasia has prompted a chronically ill Melbourne man to move to Adelaide, Exit International founder Philip Nitschke claims.
Jay Frankin, 40, was born with Hirschsprung disease, a condition that affects the large intestine.
He has undergone more than 100 operations and now also suffers from short bowel syndrome.
Dr Nitschke says Mr Frankin was accepted by a Swiss assisted suicide organisation in 2010, but would prefer to die in his own country, deciding to move to Adelaide.
He will live in Exit International premises in that state as he awaits his acceptance under the new laws, Dr Nitschke said in a statement.
TV personality Andrew Denton recently threw his support behind the bill, spurred on by his own father's death 20 years ago.
The Victorian Labor government is also poised to introduce similar laws, while in Western Australia a recent case has sparked renewed debate.
Turnbull government minister Arthur Sinodinos said on Sunday the SA bill was a matter for South Australia and didn't think the federal government would intervene.
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley said he personally could not support euthanasia laws.
"I worry about the message we would send as a society to our most vulnerable citizens - old, frail people, many of whom I know are racked with worry that they're a burden on their adult children," he told Sky Agenda.
Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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