On 10 April 2014 I moved that the Legislative Council:
(a) noting that –
(i) the Belgium Parliament has recently authorised the killing of children through euthanasia;
(ii) euthanasia or assisted suicide is now routinely performed in Belgium and the Netherlands on persons with no terminal illness but with psychiatric disorders such as anorexia or depression or with disabilities such as blindness; and
(iii) Dr Philip Nitschke, during a recent visit to Perth, offered instruction in methods of suicide including how to illegally obtain pentobarbitone, a schedule 8 poison, and how to use nitrogen as an undetectable means of ending life;
(b) condemns the practice of child euthanasia;
(c) commends palliative care as an appropriate response to terminal and chronic illness;
(d) affirms the value of every human life including those with mental illness or disability; and
(e) endorses suicide prevention as the appropriate response to all those who for whatever reason may think life is not worth living.
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