Australia's leading euthanasia activist argues that legalisation will keep health budgets from blowing out.
Senator Di Natale is drawing a very long bow when he claims that the Commonwealth does hold powers to legislate under Section 51. The Guardian reports that, “the party had received legal advice from Senate clerks and constitutional experts saying that it was possible under section 51 (xxiiiA) of the constitution, which allowed the Commonwealth to legislate for the provision of medical services.” Possible? Yes: but hardly likely.
To make such a claim, Di Natale would need to argue that euthanasia and assisted suicide are medical services when the reality is that they’re simply plain old killing! But we’ve seen this all before; the Quebec Parliament is currently looking to legalise under the same false gambit for precisely the same reason – that they don’t have the necessary constitutional powers.
Of course, Nitschke applauded the Green’s initiative and, of course, both Nitschke and the Greens have said that there will be safeguards. But when both seem bent more on the publicity than the substance, it’s difficult not to be cynical.
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