Media Release

Last night’s failure of a Greens MP’s bill to legalise euthanasia in South Australia – the second defeat in 12 months - marks the fifth time a fully-constituted State parliament has carefully considered and then thrown out a Greens euthanasia bill in the last two years, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.

ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton urged Federal parliamentarians to take note of the failure of the SA bill – which was lost on the voices – and the Greens’ reckless use of parliamentary time in continuing to pursue their radical social ideologies despite their euthanasia bills being defeated again and again in State parliaments.

“The introduction of legalised euthanasia has now been rejected by state parliaments for the fifth time in two years – with a bill rejected by the West Australian Parliament in late September, by the Tasmanian Parliament last year, by the Victorian Parliament in late 2008, and now twice by the South Australian Parliament in the space of 12 months (last night and last November),” Mr Shelton said.

“It represents a massive waste of parliamentary sitting time and again highlights Greens’ Leader Bob Brown’s diabolical tactics in trying to gain Federal Parliament’s support to push the euthanasia debate into the smaller Territory legislatures where there are less checks and balances.”

Mr Shelton said that in every Australian state where a parliamentary committee has closely examined euthanasia, the committee has rejected it.

“These were fully constituted state legislatures with a house of review. Surely it is time for our legislators to say ‘enough’,” Mr Shelton said.

“If Bob Brown really wants to couch the debate on his bill as a Territory rights issue then he should withdraw his bill and put forward one which debates whether the Northern Territory and ACT should become States – not try to turn euthanasia into a Territory rights issue.”

Mr Shelton said that Australian parliaments should be looking to affirm the intrinsic worth of all human beings and looking to build a culture of life and hope – not one of death.