- Australian territories have been banned from legislating on assisted dying for 25 years.
- A bill passed federal parliament this week to lift the ban.
- Philosopher Peter Singer says MPs must now ask “difficult questions”.
A similar case occurred when the federal government blocked the ACT from legislating gay marriage.
“Sometimes there has to be a second doctor who examines them. So it has to be a fully voluntary decision. “
Australian philosopher Peter Singer, 2 June 2006. Credit: TEST PUBLISHING/PR IMAGE
Professor Singer said non-voluntary euthanasia would be when somebody’s not capable of giving consent.
Prof. Singer said now the embargo had lifted, MPs should start asking the difficult questions.
This was the fourth attempt to overturn the 25-year ban.