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Why I’ll be voting no to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

by Walt Secord, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 September 2017

Walt Secord is NSW Shadow Health Minister for Health and Deputy Opposition leader in the NSW Legislative Council.

I saw first-hand the experiences of those in our nation’s nursing homes and how it was almost impossible – despite the best intentions – to protect the most vulnerable from manipulation and exploitation.

But on balance, I believe parliamentarians cannot codify legislation on how to end a human life.

It is not possible to put in place sufficient safeguards and protections to prevent abuses of these laws. And this is before we consider the invidious pressures of medical costs, financial burdens on families or the prospect of manipulation in regard to inheritances.

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