Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2013
Thursday 23 May 2013
I rise in support of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2013.
After thousands of emails both for and against,
After reading many stories and many thousands of words in the material presented both for and against,
After working my way through the bill,
After attending briefings and
After sitting with and hearing the stories of people with terminal illnesses and their families and friends, I have no difficulty whatsoever with supporting this bill.
I fear that at this time - in this place - the bill will not find the level of support to make this legislation a reality.
I acknowledge that there are deeply held views by members in relation to assisted dying.
I acknowledge that the model at this time being put forward is not something that some members can support.
I acknowledge that for some members there are no circumstances where they believe that the state can put in place the safeguards that would make them be able to reconsider their opposition to assisted dying.
I sincerely hope that after this bill has been dealt with there can be a better process that would allow members in this place to fully unpack the issues that legislation like this throws up and that in the future we can find the support required to support the rights of the terminally ill.