Euthanasia bill sent to a committee

By Ellena Midgley
Updated October 31 2012 - 3:58am, first published June 18 2009 - 4:00am
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THE House of Assembly has supported a bill to have voluntary euthanasia investigated by a joint standing committee. The bill was put by Health Minister Lara Giddings who said it was important that members of Parliament have enough time to critically examine Greens leader Nick McKim's Dying With Dignity Bill. Ms Giddings said it may be the only way to save the euthanasia bill as rushing it could see it defeated. Under the bill, the issue of voluntary euthanasia would be investigated by the Joint Standing Committee of Community Development, which would be due to report on October 2. Mr McKim said a committee inquiry was unnecessary. "We already know what the community thinks about this issue, he said. But Braddon Labor MHA Bryan Green said Parliament could not make decisions based on polls or emails from constituents, saying a more thorough and democratic process was needed. Denison Greens MHA Cassy O'Connor said MPs who supported the bill were driven by fear. The bill was rejected by all Greens MPs, and Franklin Labor MHA Ross Butler.