Position on euthanasia & assisted suicide

Euthanasia has been rejected multiple times by Australian jurisdictions, including by Tasmania in 1998, 2009, 2013 and 2017 because it cannot be made safe from abuse.

Will you oppose attempts to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania?

Answer
Affilliation Candidate Answer
Independent Doug Chipman Yes 
Independent  Richard James At this time I do not think there are enough safeguards or measures to protect the individual and be made safe from abuse. I cannot support measures to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania.
Independent  Hans Willink No, after listening to the persuasive arguments provided by Andrew Denton and reviewing current Victorian legislation, I am of the opinion that there can be a model that provides for a dignified ending in cases of extreme and untreatable pain, near end of life, with sufficient safeguards. 
Liberal Party  James Walker

I have no comfort that any proposed model is safe from abuse and an improvement on the existing situation. My journey on this issue has been heavily influenced by a range of matters including caring for a terminally ill parent in my twenties and work in the health and age care sector. While I believe euthanasia advocates are genuine in their motivations I have seen elder abuse and exploitation in my career. I am worried that vulnerable people may make decisions under pressure or not of their own volution. While I have seen firsthand the marvellous work of palliative care professionals those of us holding concerns about euthanasia must also concede that it is not effective in all circumstances.