Mr Rossiter’s passing highlights need for politicians to support Voluntary Euthanasia Bill

21st September 2009 - “The very sad fact that Mr Rossiter had to succumb to the ravages of a chest infection or else starve himself to death to end his life of suffering, is outrageous and inhumane” says Greens member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC.

“This is why I am so disappointed that so many politicians seem to be shying away from indicating their support for voluntary euthanasia legislation in WA. I realise many politicians do not want to declare their personal views, but by voting against the legislation, they are denying terminally ill people a safe and humane passing.”

“Surely it is the job of our elected representatives to tackle difficult questions and pass laws that make our society more compassionate and humane.”

“Within weeks I will introduce legislation to allow suffering terminally ill people to end their life in a highly controlled, regulated, but importantly pain free and dignified manner.”

“I want to know when the Government will allow the legislation to be debated and when we will get an opportunity to see which politicians are prepared to stand up and change WA for the better, and which will just maintain the status quo for fear of offending a small portion of the community” Mr Chapple said.

“I urge anyone who supports legislation that affords suffering terminally ill patients the choice of a dignified and pain free end to their life with stringent safeguards to protect both the patient and the doctors who act in accordance with the legislation, to contact their Members of Parliament and demand that they support this Bill.”

“I offer my sincere condolences to Mr Rossiter’s family and promise to continue my work towards successfully passing Voluntary Euthanasia legislation in this State.”

  • For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263
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