The Australian Christian Lobby is appalled at the comments attributed to independent MLC Mike Gaffney that he intends to press on with his assisted suicide campaign, despite the COVID-19 crisis.

Acting ACL Tasmanian director Christopher Brohier said today, “When the elderly and vulnerable are isolated and anxious, while the government and community fight to protect and save their lives, how can Mike Gaffney MLC promote assisted suicide?”

“Mr Gaffney should learn from NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro, who pulled Nationals MP Trevor Khan into line for promoting assisted suicide during the bushfire crisis earlier in the year.

“Whilst Mr Gaffney is saying COVID-19 responses will take precedence, he should cancel his campaign for assisted suicide indefinitely,” Mr Brohier concluded, “We need a statewide and national united front in addressing the COVID-19 crisis. We also need consistent messaging from Tasmanian MPs that elderly vulnerable lives are worth saving.”

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