There is a very good article in today’s “Saturday Paper” which relates to the biggest political hurdle we face in getting voluntary assisted dying law that provides a choice supported by the vast majority of the community – the dominant power group in the Liberal Party represents conservative religious ideology which is intolerant of majority views. We recommend it to you – see article.
It’s relevant because there is good reason to believe this is why no Liberal MPs voted for the 2013 Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, recent NSW and WA Bills and only a small minority of them voted for the last SA Bill that went to a vote. This is despite the fact that the vast majority of Liberal voters support such legislation (Read more …) and it’s in keeping with the platform of that Party supporting individual freedom and responsibility.
We respect the right of everyone, including politicians, to their own religious beliefs and practices, and to make decisions in their lives in accordance with those beliefs and within the law. But they have no right to impose those views on anyone else. The right to freedom of religion and belief carries with it an essential obligation, to respect the same right for others. A ‘conscience vote’ is not ‘in good conscience’ unless it is consistent with that principle.