Friday, June 9, 2017
A Lucky Dip
David Seymour's bill on "end of life choice" has been drawn from the Parliamentary Ballot box. It has lain there for two full years and the luck of the draw was the only hope that Parliament would even discuss the issue.
Though neither of the major party leaders is keen to have the debate it is now likely that Members will have to at least consider it in the fading weeks of the parliamentary term. And now that the bill is on the table there is no way it cannot now be an election issue.
The annual meeting of Auckland district's Voluntary Euthanasia Society/End of Life Choice is tomorrow, and the national annual meeting is a week later, also in Auckland. Both meetings will be enormously encouraged by this news. I'll be there to share the satisfaction and plan some strategy.