STOP patient killing in Western Australia

Alarm Bells for WA! Contact your 6 Members of Legislative Council WA now! All West Australians should be rightly alarmed as the WA government debates the legislation of patient killing in the Legislative council this week (Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019).  Enter postcode or suburb to find your region: http://www.boundaries.wa.gov.au/

WA is divided into 6 regions. Each region has 6 Members.

Please contact your 6 members to express your opposition to euthanasia. Phone calling or emailing is best at this stage.

Tell them to "VOTE NO" to euthanasia for Western Australia. You may leave a written message for staff to pass on.

Find your REGION HERE.  

Here are the names of the Members to contact:  

AGRICULTURAL REGION

Hon. TitleSurnameFirst NamePartyElectorate TelEmail
HonMrAldridgeMartinNAT1800 336 905martin.aldridge@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrChownJamesLIB(08) 9481 0082jim.chown@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrde GrussaColinNAT(08) 9921 4818colin.degrussa@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrGrahamLaurenceALP(08) 9621 1999laurie.graham@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrMazzaRickySFF1800 781 900rick.mazza@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrWestDarrenALP(08) 9964 1001darren.west.mp@mp.wa.gov.au

EAST METROPOLITAN REGION

Hon. TitleSurnameFirst NamePartyElectorate TelEmail
HonMrCliffordTimGWA(08) 9274 8484tim.clifford@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMsClohesyAlannaALP(08) 9272 1718clohesy.emetro@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMsFaragherDonnaLIB(08) 9379 0840faragher.eastmetro@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMsRoweSamanthaALP(08) 9477 3855samantha.rowe@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrSmithCharlesIND(08) 9250 7901charles.smith@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrSwinbournMatthewALP(08) 9452 8311swinbourn.emetro@mp.wa.gov.au 

MINING AND PASTORAL REGION

Hon. TitleSurnameFirst NamePartyElectorate TelEmail
HonMrBastonKennethLIB(08) 9193 7044ken.baston@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMsBoydellJacquelineNAT(08) 9144 4187jacqui.boydell@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrChappleRobinGWA(08) 9486 8255robin.chapple@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrDawsonStephenALP(08) 6552 5800minister.dawson@dpc.wa.gov.au
HonMrMcGinnKyleALP(08) 9022 7003miningpastoral.mcginn@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrScottRobinPHON(08) 9093 1455robin.scott@mp.wa.gov.au

NORTH METROPOLITAN REGION

Hon. TitleSurnameFirst NamePartyElectorate TelEmail
HonMrCollierPeterLIB(08) 9203 9588peter.collier@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMsMacTiernanAlannahALP(08) 6552 6200minister.mactiernan@dpc.wa.gov.au
HonMrMischinMichaelLIB(08) 9301 1896michael.mischin@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrPritchardMartinALP(08) 9201 0582martin.pritchard@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrSibmaTjornLIB(08) 9440 4422tjorn.sibma@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMsXamonAlisonGWA(08) 9388 3955alison.xamon@mp.wa.gov.au

SOUTH METROPOLITAN REGION

Hon. TitleSurnameFirst NamePartyElectorate TelEmail
HonMsDoustCatherineALP(08) 9470 3511doust.southmetro@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMsEllerySuzanneALP(08) 6552 5700minister.ellery@dpc.wa.gov.au
HonMrGoiranNicolasLIB(08) 9398 3800nick.goiran@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrO'BrienSimonLIB(08) 9364 4277simon.obrien@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrStonehouseAaronLD(08) 9226 3550aaron.stonehouse.mlc@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrYangPierreALP(08) 9337 9176pierre.yang.mp@mp.wa.gov.au

SOUTH WEST REGION

Hon. TitleSurnameFirst NamePartyElectorate TelEmail
HonMsEversDianeGWA(08) 9486 8070southwest.evers@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMsFarinaAdeleALP1800 077 677southwesteo@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrHoltColinNAT1800 758 458colin.holt@mp.wa.gov.au
HonDrTalbotSallyALP(08) 9725 3711sally.talbot@mp.wa.gov.au
HonDrThomasStevenLIB(08) 9757 9555steve.thomas@mp.wa.gov.au
HonMrTincknellColinPHON(08) 9486 8106colin.tincknell.mlc@mp.wa.gov.au

Background: 

Your representatives need to fully comprehend the harm that can be done by unleashing such legislation on the unsuspecting public.

Firstly, if a piece of legislation is deemed to require “safeguards” it would appear it may be dangerous. 

That is why the British parliament in 2015, voted overwhelmingly against legalising physician assisted dying in a vote of three to one!

The Scottish and Welsh parliaments also opposed such legislation.

It was the words of a former Dutch protagonist of legalised euthanasia, Professor Theo Boer, who spoke to the British MPs telling them “Don’t do it”!1

Already WA Senator Pat Dodson has eloquently expressed his concerns over the impact such legislation will have on indigenous West Australians, many of whom lack proper health care.2

The Voluntary Assisted Dying bill 2019 supposedly cannot be used by patients with mental illness.

However, if a mentally ill person – say with diagnosed depression – suffers from another condition eg diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease which is satisfactorily being treated – by ceasing treatment for their illness – the patient becomes terminal and so would qualify for euthanasia.

Indeed, many people receiving necessary treatment for a whole range of illnesses, can easily qualify for euthanasia by ceasing treatment, causing their condition to be terminal.  

Vulnerable people can act out of loneliness, fear of being a burden, financial pressure etc.

The Bioedge article from the US3 is alarming to say the least. It illustrates the harm such legislation can inflict on the disabled and mentally ill. 

After all, physician-assisted dying ultimately means – the release of the life devoid of value – being promoted and instead as a means of a pain-free death which competent oncologists dispense to sick patients daily.

The same should be the case with legislators – to quote from former South Australian ALP Member for Newland – Tom Kenyon during debate on the euthanasia bill in the South Australian Parliament in 2016:  

“I do not agree that the state should be involved in the killing of its citizens – even at their own request.”

1. Daily Mail UK Professor Theo Boer warning on euthanasia “don’t do it” dailym.ai/2J5NlZZ

2. The Australian 5/10/19 Pat Dodson’s warning on legalised euthanasia bit.ly/2MDZtCd

3. BioEdge US study says assisted suicide laws rife with dangers to people with disabilities bit.ly/35yPirm


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