The Victorian Government has crossed an ethical line, embracing a culture of death with the passing of the dangerous assisted suicide bill today in the Legislative Council, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
This is the first time any Australian state has legalised both assisted suicide and euthanasia.
“Many Victorians will be disappointed that the Parliament was not able or willing to adequately address the deficiency in palliative care under the watch of the Andrews Government, instead pushing their agenda that it’s okay to prematurely end lives,” ACL Victorian director Dan Flynn said.
“The Government has shown disregard for the terminally ill by deeming their lives ‘not worth living’ if they chose to ‘end it all’.
“No doubt this law will be used to the disadvantage of hundreds of elderly frail people who will see the so-called ‘right to die’ as the duty to die.
“We know that the elderly have already internalised the view that they are a burden to their family and carers. There is no doubt that the Government has opened the door to the killing of people who may die because of mistake or pressure from others.
“Disappointingly, the Victorian Government has ignored the warnings of the AMA that doctors should not be involved in interventions that have as their primary aim the ending of the life of their patient.
“Today the Government has completely changed the doctor patient relationship for those with any terminal illness
When frail people are given the choice between killing themselves and asking the doctor to do it, which this law does, European experience has shown that they will ask the doctor. Doctors who should be focused on our healing will become skilled at taking our lives on request.
The lengthy debate has revealed how flawed the state-sanctioned assisted suicide bill is and how unsuitable it is for any Australian state,” Mr Flynn said.
“With the Victorian election to be held in late 2018, many Victorians will be seeking assurances from candidates that they will repeal this dangerous legislation if they are elected.”