A report in the Melbourne Age newspaper this week says that Labor Premier Daniel Andrews has significant concerns about euthanasia and does not support moves towards legislation on the issue.
While conceding that there seems to be 'momentum' on the issue, he expressed reservations, saying that, "there are some safeguard issues, and there some balance issues I'm troubled by."
Andrews pointed out that he developed his opposition to euthanasia when he was Victoria's Health Minister in a previous Labor government where he observed, according to the report, 'a growing need to free up hospital beds to meet patient demand. Without enough checks and balances around physician-assisted death, "there are some challenges, particularly in a system where there are finite resources"'.
The article also talks about the Andrews Labor Government commitment to reforming Advance Care Directives: "I don't think that only those who currently suffer a particular condition should be the ones who are able to specify what care they want, and what care they don't want. I think everybody - with appropriate safeguards - should be able to express that view," the Premier said.
These comments come as the inquiry into end-of-life issues created by the Victorian Government begins to receive submissions in what is set to be a significant inquiry that is certain to create a great deal of interest.
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See also: Euthanasia 'off the table' in Victorian Parliament - for now