Euthanasia Laws Pass Victoria’s Lower House

(Reported by ARPA Australia)

Sadly, laws to legalize euthanasia passed Victoria’s Lower House last Friday, with 47 votes in favour and 37 against. Debate continued for 26 continuous hours in the lead up to the vote, and more than 140 attempts to amend the bill failed.

The Bill now proceeds to the state’s Upper House, the 40-member Legislative Council. Debate there is expected to commence Tuesday (31 October), and it seems the vote there will go down to the wire. Thankfully, the number of high-profile voices speaking out against euthanasia continues to grow. Former Labor Prime Ministers Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd have both publicly urged Victorian MPs not to support the proposal.