South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill should explain the Labor Party position on state-sanctioned assisted suicide following calls from within his cabinet to reintroduce failed euthanasia legislation, according to the Australian Christian Lobby. 

Employment Minister Kyam Maher yesterday said he was resolved to introduce state-sanctioned assisted suicide legislation after the March state election, ignoring the repeated rejection of the controversial legislation by state legislators.

“Premier Weatherill should inform South Australians whether Mr Maher’s position was shared by the party and whether the Labor Party would announce this prior to the election,” ACL South Australian director Christopher Broheir said.

“Given euthanasia was defeated in the South Australian Parliament only 12 months ago, the onus is on Premier Weatherill to let voters know if the Labor Party is going to allow euthanasia legislation into the next parliament if it wins next year’s election.

“Premier Weatherill should make clear to the electorate where he and his cabinet stands as such a dramatic change in social health policy will change people’s votes come the March election.”