Catholics urged to oppose new laws
HUNDREDS of thousands of Catholics will be asked to voice opposition to proposed voluntary euthanasia laws in Victoria ahead of a State Parliament vote next week.
Priests have been asked to read out a message during weekend services saying it is “not safe” to allow terminally ill adults to request lethal medication within a year of their expected death. But a new poll across three Liberal-held seats has found four in five voters support the doctor-assisted death.
News Corp has surveyed all state MPs about their voting intention, with three more Cabinet ministers — Robin Scott, Martin Foley, and Jenny Mikakos — declaring they support the Bill.
Only two ministers, Deputy Premier James Merlino and Gaming Minister Marlene Kairouz, have publicly opposed the Government’s push.
Gippsland South National Danny O’Brien, will vote against the scheme but Bentleigh Labor MP Nick Staikos has declared support.
A group of MPs yet to reveal their intentions will decide the Bill’s fate. The new polling of 3000 voters across the Liberal seats of Bayswater, Gembrook and Hawthorn, found four in five people support doctors being able to give terminally ill patients lethal medication.
The survey also suggests MPs in those seats — shadow ministers Heidi Victoria, Brad Battin, and John Pesutto — would gain votes if they back the scheme. Mr Battin said his consultations showed support for the Bill was “very high” and he would vote in favour.
An anti-euthanasia group’s polling in six marginal seats shows about two thirds of voters support voluntary euthanasia, but this dropped to 51 per cent when questions included “palliative care is a viable alternative”.