The reality remains that a single question poll can never give an accurate reflection on the opinion of Australians on this subject for a number of sound reasons. It is also worth noting that the poll question referred to in the article was much like that of recent Morgan polls: it does not describe the act of euthanasia accurately nor does it reflect upon any particular legislative outcome.
The article goes on to quote a number of pro-euthanasia sources. In addition to the 'usual suspects', SA Greens MLC, Tammy Franks, offers the following candid assessment of the debate in South Australia last November:
SA Greens MP Tammy Franks said the defeat of a bill last November followed a highly organised and well-resourced campaign by conservatives working together across party, religious, and even state lines.
"Until the voluntary euthanasia side is able to compete with such a highly organised campaign machine we are going to struggle to have the majority voice heard," she said.
Readers will no doubt agree that it is rare to find a campaigner on the other side of a debate make such an acknowledgement. So, thank you Tammy Franks.
At HOPE, we'd really like to be as well resourced as claimed. Maybe you can help?