Voluntary assisted dying bill defeated in NSW upper house

by Sean Nicholls, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 November 2017

The debate was opened by Labor health spokesman, Walt Secord, who acknowledged the “strong, emotional, compassionate desire behind [the bill]”.

But he added: “I have not yet seen it possible to develop adequate legislative safeguards to protect people from the misuse of these laws.”

“I have not yet seen a legislative model in this area that cannot be exploited or manipulated. And I cannot support any gaps for exploitation when the consequences are so final”.

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