Experience of Australian parliamentarians against euthanasia


Western Australian House of Councilors Nick Goiran said that repeated personal attacks on the proposed euthanasia opponents and defamation of the media laid the foundation for a campaign that ultimately gained public support for the controversial law. Said that.

In a heated debate on this issue, the largest newspaper in Western Australia posted the following top page headline: “RIP Democracy Died: November 22, 2019.”

The story targeted the protagonist Goylan, or the “lightning rod” that his colleague referred to him, and challenged an imminent assisted suicide bill.

Goylan described a newspaper article as “watering from the back of a duck,” which hurt the pro-life campaign.

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Front page of the Western Australian Newspaper on November 22, 2019. (screenshot)

“There are tactics to identify well-known individuals, blame them, and make them villains in the campaign,” Goylan told The Epoch Times. “They have consistently prosecuted arguments that call me” extreme conservatives “or” extreme fundamentalists. ” They blocked the passage of the bill and wanted people to continue to suffer. “

“Obviously those things aren’t true, but the truth wasn’t a problem,” he added. “They just blamed the person for great sympathy for the alternative campaign.”

In 2019, Golan proposed 357 amendments to the bill before the Western Australian Parliament legalized euthanasia. “Filibuster.”

Eventually 55 amendments passed and the government proposed 20 of them.

Mr Golan said the WA parliament had already deliberated on the issue 10 years ago in 2009, and parliamentarians were free to consider the facts without media pressure and then voted against it.

“The difference in 2019 with the latest bill was a full-fledged organized campaign involving mainstream Washington media,” he said.

“We are dominated by the Seven West Media network and have one owner. It is certainly reported that he gave the editor a green light saying he wanted to support this 100%,” Goiran said. He insisted.

According to Golan, local lawmakers facing “overwhelming” pressure from both the media and the general public have begun to suffer from “political paralysis.”

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(Sabine van Erp / Agilent)

“And they relied on (excuse),’I must represent my community’. Taking a leadership approach,” As a leader in our community, I am myself on all facts. I am responsible for educating myself, drawing conclusions and explaining them to my community, “he added. “That’s the difference over the last 20 years.”

The euthanasia promotion group Go Gentle Australia claims that Australians have long “decided” to assist in voluntary death.

“A survey of opinions over the last 25 years has consistently shown that more than 70% of Australians support giving end-stage people the option to seek medical assistance to end their distress.” Kiki Paul, CEO of GoGentle, told The Epoch Times.

“Any change was that Congress ultimately listened to and reflected the views of their members,” she added. “The campaign, which emphasizes assisted suicide evidence and tested facts, simply corrected the incorrect information and gave MP the peace of mind needed to vote on these laws.”

“Australian people overwhelmingly support the idea that competent adults with terminal illness and only a few days or weeks left should have options that do not suffer unnecessarily. “

Go Gentle was founded by Australian television presenter Andrew Denton. The public face of the national euthanasia movement.

Peter Culti, director of the Center for Independent Research’s Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program, said that people like Denton and Dr. Philip Nitchiki said:Suicide Elon Musk— While the opposition lacked the same effective spokesperson, he was a compelling public supporter of practice.

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(LR) TV presenter Andrew Denton, cricket player Adam Gilchrist, Belinda Te, cricket coach Ric Charlesworth defending euthanasia in Kingspark, Perth, Australia on August 6, 2019 I went to the WA Congress with the person. (Will Russell / Getty Images)

“I don’t think the media was interested solely in euthanasia,” Culti told The Epoch Times. “But I have very much accepted what media-friendly supporters like Denton had to say.”

Kurti also noted that the euthanasia debate has shifted to a more “emotional” platform.

“Since the word about euthanasia has changed from” assisted suicide by doctors “to” assisted suicide by voluntary death, “the perceived social impact of the proposal-allowing doctors to kill patients-has also changed. “He said.

“Intentional murder is hidden in the words dignity, autonomy, compassion, and avoidance of suffering. Again, this element of the campaign is also very successful,” he added. “Oppositions are cast as uncaring, willing to see people suffering and denying human dignity.”

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Euthanasia drug prepared for consumption (Go Gentle Australia / screenshot)

“Once emotions are grasped, it’s much harder to get people to think in rational terms about the significant consequences our society faces if doctors allow them to intentionally kill patients,” Culti said. Told.

Goylan claimed that “there was no contest” in the discussion of the facts about euthanasia.

“Our list of facts is huge, such as case studies, but our opponents have few,” he added.

“But we lose the emotional battle. Assisted suicide and euthanasia supporters have some compelling emotional stories, and whether it’s right or wrong. The simple reality is that emotional stories are always more important than facts, “he said. Goylan bitterly pointed out that democracy actually existed and did not die at the end of 2019.

In recent years, the Australian Legislature has approved euthanasia law, following Victoria (2017), Western Australia (2019), Tasmania (2021), and South Australia (2021) all legalizing this practice. .. Queensland and New South Wales are deliberating on the proposed law.

Daniel Y. Ten

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