Page 6139 - Week 19 - Tuesday, 17 December 1991

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Tuesday, 17 December 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.


The Clerk: The following petitions have been lodged for presentation, and copies will be referred to the appropriate Ministers:


To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly:

* That euthanasia ignores the fundamental value of every human being.

* That the mere legalisation of euthanasia would put pressure on the handicapped, aged and terminally ill members of our community to kill themselves, or to be killed, so as to not be a "burden" on their friends and families.

* That experience in the Netherlands demonstrates that acceptance of so called "voluntary" euthanasia leads to the adoption of involuntary euthanasia.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to reject any move towards the legalisation of euthanasia in the ACT, and to provide for the establishment of a hospice as an expression of the Assembly's true concern for the welfare of the aged and terminally ill of our community.

By Mr Humphries (from 65 residents).

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