Australians living in Victoria who need access to means of a medically assisted death will have to wait for a decision in Parliament for its regulation. A few members of parliament (MP) will have to make a final vote for its regulation this week, continuing what appears to be an intense debate on the controversial legislation.
According to ABC Australia, it can be remembered that MPs from the Lower House have voted 47-37 in favor of voluntary euthanasia in the region. This is courtesy of a new model that Premier Daniel Andrews has presented, which he calls the “most conservative” means for medically assisted death to proceed.
If the legislation passes, then Victoria will be the first Australian state to actually legalise the process of voluntary euthanasia.
However, this week’s legislation will have to be voted upon by the Upper House, where there’s tight numbers in the 40-seater chamber.
After all, in order for the regulation to pass, there should be at least 21 votes. It appears 19 votes, which includes Fiona Patten, 11 MPs in Labor, 2 MPs under the Liberals, and 5 MPs under Greens, have only voted Yes.
Opposite them is Rachel Carling-Jenkins, 3 MPs under Labor, 1 MP under Nationals, and around 8 MPs under the Liberals.
Assisted Death, Voluntary Euthanasia
Meanwhile, people in the opposition have expressed some concerns over the matter. Georgie Crozier said she cannot support the bill as she is afraid some people might be coerced in the matter. She added some people might think having terminally-ill relatives or colleagues might be burdensome, and will immediately resort to voluntary euthanasia as a form of relief.
Meanwhile, James Purcell of the Vote 1 Local Jobs Party said that while he supports the legislation, he wanted to be sure this was the will of his electorate in the Western districts. As such, he chose to abstain from voting.
Moreover, Bruce Atkinson, the Liberal President, and Margaret Fitzherbert of the Southern Metropolitan Region were undecided for their votes as well. Simon Ramsay has yet to declare his vote though he did previously state support on the idea. Luke O’Sullivan of the Nationals is also likely to vote against the bill.
2 MPs under the Farmers’ Party and Shooters, Fishers have yet to state how they are planning to vote for the issue.