Report architect says she backs legislation
LABOR Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes will vote in favour of the Victorian Government’s assisted dying legislation.
Ms Symes is close to the debate, she sat on the cross-party parliamentary committee that oversaw the report into end-of-life choices
She said it was “completely wrong” in modern society that some people are forced to take violent measures to try and end their pain.
“Some of the really compelling evidence I was privy to during the inquiry was that of the state coroner and the reality of really sad and tragic situations happening regularly in our state,” she said.
“These are cases where desperately ill and terminally ill people are forced to take measures into their own hands in the saddest of cases.
“That was probably the most distressing evidence we got – the prevalence of really sad situations of people taking their own life.’’ Ms Symes rejected the suggestion there would be a cut to palliative care due to legalised euthanasia, and she did not support amending the bill to limit access to those within six months of dying as opposed to 12 months.
“This legislation doesn’t replace palliative care,” she said.
“There’s not that many that will take this option up, palliative care will still be most people’s choice.”
“The longer period would ensure candidates had more time to plan and were less rushed.”
Jaclyn Symes will be a yes vote this week.