Criticising the voluntary assisted dying bill championed by Mike Gaffney over a supposed lack of consultation is contemptible.
Mr Gaffney gave Tasmanians every opportunity to have their say on his proposed law.
Yet an anti-euthanasia group with a name that belies its purpose has used the results of a survey to claim: "The myth that the public have been consulted has been debunked."
Consultation has become a buzzword these days, and it is often the case that opponents of this or that will claim they weren't consulted. Sometimes they have a point, sometimes not.
In this case, Mr Gaffney held about 50 community forums around the state, including in every one of our far too many local government areas.
He's spoken extensively in the media about voluntary assisted dying and his proposed bill, and invited feedback from anyone interested.
And that gets to the heart of the point: Like the old saying goes, you can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
If Tasmanians did not choose to attend a forum, or gain more information about the bill, ask questions, express concerns, and so on, then that was their choice.
Rather than "debunking a myth", the Australian Care Alliance's commissioned poll actually shows Mr Gaffney's efforts were overwhelming successful.
In regard to what other proposed legislation would you find almost one in 10 respondents saying they had taken part in the community consultation?
There are legitimate concerns about voluntary assisted dying generally and specifically about this bill.
As we have said, most people will see the issue in black and white terms, and that's understandable, but the devil is in the detail.
Supporters and opponents alike would want to see appropriate safeguards in the legislation to protect the vulnerable. They just might disagree on how that can be achieved, or even if it is possible.
But to somehow claim Tasmanians were not consulted is a disingenuous contribution to the debate and suggests at least some opponents are grasping at straws.