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A letter to Tony Burke

October 1, 2022 - 09:01 -- Admin

I see from media reports that you voted against repealing the Andrews Bill (Euthanasia Laws Act 1997) along with some ‘luminaries’ of the coalition such as Morrison, Joyce and Tudge. I presume you did this because of your Catholicism. As I am an atheist, I do not understand why you believe it sensible to inflict your beliefs on others, especially those like me who do not share your beliefs. If you feel so strongly against the use of voluntary assisted dying (VAD), then you should never avail yourself of it. Why should you prevent me availing myself of VAD if I have a terminal illness? What business is it of yours how I end my life if I so choose? Why should you determine how long my suffering should be?

What makes your voting against the Andrews Bill repeal even more ludicrous, is the fact that if I didn’t live in the ACT, but in Victoria, your vote would mean nothing to me as I would live in a jurisdiction where VAD laws are already in operation. Discrimination based on where one lives seems to be a very strange attitude for any person to have, let alone a parliamentarian.

In all the states, Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation is either in operation or will commence this year or next. Do you think this legislation is wrong? Would you, if you had the power, repeal such legislation. If not, why not?

[This was e-mailed to Tony Burke on Friday, September 30]