Luke O’Sullivan to vote ‘NO’ on assisted dying bill

The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Luke O'Sullivan has declared that he will vote against the Victorian Government’s assisting dying legislation when the bill reaches the Legislative Council next week.

“After careful consideration of all perspectives on the issue and many conversations with members of the community, including the health community, I have decided that I will be voting against the assisted dying legislation.” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“While I am fundamentally not against the concept of voluntary dying, the devil is in the detail of the bill presented to Parliament.

“There are simply too many questions with not enough answers and I don’t trust the Andrews Labor Government to fill the gaps on these unanswered questions.

“I find it astounding that Nembutal, which is the drug typically used for voluntary dying, has not been facilitated to be made available in Victoria by the Andrews Government.”

Mr O’Sullivan said there were too many doubts for him to be able to support the bill, but has spoken in support of the Liberal Nationals palliative care policy.

“We should put more focus on improving palliative care. The Liberal Nationals’ have put forth a palliative care policy, which would include a $140 million commitment to help provide palliative care support for up to another 8000 Victorians.

“These decisions are always difficult and take a great deal of thought and reflection. But I am satisfied that I am making the right choice.

“I hope that Victoria can strive towards improving palliative care policy instead of backing the assisted dying bill.”

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