Re­port ar­chi­tect says she backs leg­is­la­tion

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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