RENE Hidding has rubbished claims that he coerced fellow Liberal MPs to ignore a conscience vote and oppose voluntary euthanasia.
Liberal Party branch members Frank Webb, 72, and Alan Cameron, 81, accused Mr Hidding on Friday of cowing inter-party opinions that favoured the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation.
Mr Cameron, who is also a member of pro-euthanasia group Dying with Dignity, further alleged the party's conscience vote on assisted dying counted for nought, adding that Mr Hiding was one of ``a couple of dominant minds'' pushing for Liberal MPs to fall in line.
Mr Hidding, the opposition's leading voice against the proposed euthanasia laws, said he was simply campaigning for what he believed in.
``If my colleagues ask me for my view, I will tell them very straight that it is dangerous legislation,'' Mr Hidding said.
``But any suggestion that there is coercion or bullying on the matter is offensive to the party.
``The few times we have spoken about it as a group, we are respectful of each other's views, and we know it comes down to a personal decision.''
Mr Hidding said he had no problem with Mr Webb or Mr Cameron sharing their views.
``If these two individuals think I am overly persuasive, I thank them for that. That's what I'm meant to do.''
The Lyons MHA also revealed he and Mr Cameron spoke every week on a number of policy issues.
``I should say that Al and I get on famously.
``But he takes this particular matter very seriously and, because I always seem to be winning the debate, he gets frustrated.''