In March this year Western Australia elected a new government. Throughout the campaign no one mentioned euthanasia. Days after being elected the new Labor government announced one of the first inquiries would be into end of life 'choices'.
The dangers of undermining the value of human life, especially for the vulnerable, by introducing state-sanctioned killing whether by euthanasia or assisted suicide can not be under stated.
The medical profession know the dangers, the Australian Medical Association repeatedly warn against euthanasia while calling for an increased focus on improving palliative care.
Fortunately, you have a small window to voice your concerns with the euthanasia path the WA Government seems to be embracing.
Please take the time and raise your concerns with this Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices before October 23.
Here is some information that you may find useful to inform your submission.
Your submission needs to address any part or all of the inquires terms of reference, these being:
(a) assess the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end of life when experiencing chronic and/or terminal illnesses, including the role of palliative care;
(b) review the current framework of legislation, proposed legislation and other relevant reports and materials in other Australian States and Territories and overseas jurisdictions;
(c) consider what type of legislative change may be required, including an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation; and
(d) examine the role of Advanced Health Directives, Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Guardianship laws and the implications for individuals covered by these instruments in any proposed legislation.
Email your submission: (note your email must contain a signed copy of the submission)
OR Mail to:
Attention: Principal Research Officer
Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices
PERTH WA 6000
Submissions close on 23 October 2017