Euthanasia vote finely balanced in Victorian Upper House

October 24, 2017

The Australian newspaper this morning records Australian Conservatives MLC Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins as a confirmed 'No' voter on the Victorian Labor Government's controversial euthanasia laws.

The vote, however, is finely balanced with a reported 9 ALP MLCs, the 5 Greens MLCs, the former 'Sex Party' MLC and 2 Liberals on the 'Yes' side, and 9 Liberal MLCs, 3 Labor MLCs and Dr Carling-Jenkins on the 'No' side - meaning 17 in favour, and 13 against. 

The Australian reports that 4 Liberals, 1 ALP, 1 Shooters & Fishers and 1 other independent MLC are confirmed 'undecided', with 3 (1 Liberal, 1 ALP, 1 Shooters & Fishers) positions 'unknown'.

With just 4 votes between the declared positions, those 10 MLCs' undecided or unknown votes are critical.

Meanwhile Sky News reports that controversial, long-time euthanasia advocate Phillip Nitschke has said all people over 70 should have access to euthanasia drugs, as Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi warns about the consequences.

Senator Bernardi is 'deeply concerned' Victoria's euthanasia laws will have negative consequences right across the country. Whilst he understands people's emotional attachment to making the decision to end their own life but when a government endorses such action it is taking a 'one-way street'.

'It will have massive, long-term changes which are being experienced everywhere in the world. In places like the Netherlands, for example, children can request euthanasia under certain circumstances ... it truly is a slippery slope,' Senator Bernardi told Sky News on Sunday.

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