The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment that the Victorian lower house has passed the flawed state-sanctioned assisted suicide legislation today by 47 votes to 37. 

“It is disappointing for the Andrews Government to introduce legislation to assist people to suicide when they don’t even know yet what drugs will be used to kill someone,” ACL Victorian director Dan Flynn said.

“The Andrews Government has ignored medical advice to push its own ideologically-driven agenda when it should be placing its attention on improving palliative care.

“The people of Victoria will now be looking to the Legislative Council to heed the warnings of doctors both in Australia and in countries such as Canada, the Netherlands or Belgium by voting down this dangerous legislation.

“Former Prime Minister Paul Keating was correct in calling this a threshold moment for the country as it ‘constitutes an unacceptable departure in our approach to human existence and the irrevocable sanctity that should govern our understanding of what it means to be human.

“The Victorian MPs who voted today to progress assisted suicide and euthanasia must realise that some people will be killed when they don’t want to be; by coercion, pressure, or mistake.”