Informing the euthanasia debate: Perceptions of Australian politicians

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Andrew McGee

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Kelly Purser

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Christopher Stackpoole

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Ben White

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Lindy Willmott

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Juliet Davis

Queensland University of Technology - Australian Center for Health Law Research

Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

In the debate on euthanasia or assisted dying, many different arguments have been advanced either for or against legal reform in the academic literature, and much contemporary academic research seeks to engage with these arguments. However, very little research has been undertaken to track the arguments that are being advanced by politicians when Bills proposing reform are debated in Parliament. Politicians will ultimately decide whether legislative reform will proceed and, if so, in what form. It is therefore essential to know what arguments the politicians are advancing in support of or against legal reform so that these arguments can be assessed and scrutinised. This article seeks to fill this gap by collecting, synthesising and mapping the pro- and anti-euthanasia and assisted dying arguments advanced by Australian politicians, starting from the time the first ever euthanasia Bill was introduced.

Suggested Citation

McGee, Andrew and Purser, Kelly and Stackpoole, Christopher and White, Ben and Willmott, Lindy and Davis, Juliet, Informing the euthanasia debate: Perceptions of Australian politicians (November 2018). University of New South Wales Law Journal, Vol. 41, No. 4, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3314991

Andrew McGee

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

Kelly Purser

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

Christopher Stackpoole

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

Ben White (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/whiteb/

Lindy Willmott

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/willmott/

Juliet Davis

Queensland University of Technology - Australian Center for Health Law Research ( email )

Australia

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