I am very concerned about the so-called End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020, which will be debated in the Upper House in early September.
While the Bill’s proponent, Mike Gaffney, Member of the Legislative Council (Mersey), has held community forums across Tasmania little discussion was allowed and the Bill itself has not had the benefit of proper public consultation.
This Bill, advocating assisted suicide, is very concerning as it provides some of the least protections of any assisted suicide legislation in Australia.
I commend the Live & Die Well campaign to you. More information about the Bill and how to contact your local MP is available on their website: www.livendiewell.org/
The Live & Die Well Facebook page can be accessed here and I encourage you to share it widely.
Live and Die Well has been granted access to a 55 minute documentary produced by Kevin Dunn called: Fatal Flaws: Legalizing Assisted Death. This film is available free online for a limited time only, until 15 September 2020.
I encourage you to write a short hand-written letter or visit your local Member of Parliament (MP) to ask for proper public consultation and to oppose the Bill in its current form if you share my concerns. It is very important that as many people as possible contact MPs to express their views regarding the Bill.
You can find the name of your electoral division and your Legislative Council and House of Assembly members here.
The Right to Life organisation has also produced a document TASMANIA – 6 Problems with EUTHANASIA.
The Right Revd Dr Richard Condie, Bishop of Tasmania (27 August 2020)
On 10 September 2020, Bishop Condie wrote a Pastoral Letter about Voluntary Assisted Suicide Legislation, and the Oxford Vaccine. You can read it here.