Australia

Senators argue territories euthanasia bill

The Senate is debating legislation to end the ban on the Northern Territory and ACT making their own assisted suicide laws.

WHAT SENATORS ARE SAYING IN THE TERRITORIES' RIGHTS ON EUTHANASAIA DEBATE

FOR:

"We would not subject animals to the agony and pain that victims of mesothelioma go through after they contract that disease." - Labor's Doug Cameron

"Both of my grandmas passed away after long struggles with dementia. These experiences have certainly shaped my own views about the end of life and the way we support those who are dying." - Labor's Jenny McAllister

"This decision-making power should be rightfully returned to the legislatures in the territories." Labor's Kristina Keneally

"I have faith that none of us, no matter or upbringing or faith, desire to see people and particularly those close to us suffer a distressing death." - Centre Alliance's Stirling Griff

"How on earth we cannot allow people to end their lives with dignity and grace is beyond me." - Greens' Sarah Hanson-Young

AGAINST:

"I believe where there is life there is hope." - Nationals' John Williams

"We can have no confidence that we are producing legislation that ensures adequate safeguards for Australians who elect to end their own life." - Liberal Jane Hume

"It shows a complete disregard of the general basic ethical foundation of our society where every single life is valued." - Liberal Eric Abetz

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