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John Key shows how heartless he is, says government won’t legalise euthanasia

John Key is often described as heartless by the left-wing, and today he has proven it, by stating his government won’t lift a finger to legalise euthanasia.

There is zero chance of Government introducing legislation to legalise euthanasia even if an inquiry strongly recommends it, Prime Minister John Key says.

A select committee is part-way through a major inquiry on public attitudes to euthanasia in New Zealand, which is considering more than 20,000 public submissions and holding hearings around the country.

Key said today that regardless of the committee’s conclusions and the level of public support, the Government would not propose a change.

“There is no chance of it being a Government bill,” Key told reporters at Parliament this morning.

Key said he personally supported euthanasia. He would not take the step himself, but he believed others should be able to.

However, there was strong opposition to it within the National caucus, he said.

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Labour has no right to discuss euthanasia after their abject cowardice on the topic

The Labour party passed a remit on the weekend looking at legalising euthanasia.

Michadel Cullen had a hand in it:

Cullen played a part in a remit in support of euthanasia which was passed by the conference. He had proposed an amendment to acknowledge there were differing views on it among members to make them more comfortable about supporting it.

Cullen – whose previous Labour roles have included Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Attorney-General – said he personally supported euthanasia.

He said he was already being kept alive by medical science, courtesy of a pacemaker installed two years ago. However, if he lost his mental or physical functions he supported the right to choose to die.

“My own personal position is that if it was me, I don’t want to get to the state where my mind deteriorated to the point where I might actually support the National Party. In other words, I’ve forgotten who I am and what I am.”

To my mind, Labour has no right to discuss euthanasia considering they have shown?abject cowardice on this topic. ? Read more »

Is Andrew going to cancel all undercover operations on his first day as Prime Minister?

It would seem that?Andrew Little is going to cancel all undercover?police operations on his first day as Prime Minister?

That will, of course, be in 10 years time, but it certainly seems that way from his?latest pronouncement.

It would be frightening if police had used a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia as the basis for setting up a “dodgy” breath testing checkpoint to identify euthanasia supporters, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

Questions are still being raised about what prompted police to set up the checkpoint near an Exit International meeting last month as part of their investigation into a suspected euthanasia death.

Act Party leader David Seymour opened Question Time in parliament on Tuesday with the issue, asking Police Minister Judith Collins if the public were right to be concerned about police using roadside breath testing to collect personal information for unrelated investigations.

“Does the minister believe it is a good use of police officers to interrogate law-abiding people at a peaceful meeting of an advocacy group, given an 18 per cent increase in burglaries reported this week?” he asked.

Ms Collins said she couldn’t comment because the matter was being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

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Cops set up a checkpoint to gather info on a possible murder. What?s wrong with that?

I’ve watched with interest as the left-wing goes troppo over Police actually doing their job.

Until we change the law, helping someone take their life is murder. Cops have used a creative way to gather intel. ?Well within their scope.

The checkpoint was used to gain information on those they believed were importing drugs for assisted suicide.

The coroner advised police at the end of August that a death in June he was looking into involved a Class C controlled substance, and that the death had no suspicious circumstances surrounding it.

Police began an investigation into several other deaths which looked like they may involve aiding and abetting suicide, which is illegal and punishable in New Zealand by up to 14 years in prison.

Earlier this month, police stopped seven cars leaving the pro-euthanasia meeting and interviewed about nine people over the following days.

Police insist the checkpoint was not an investigation into pro-euthanasia advocates, but rather an essential part of the case investigation.

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Labour’s and Little’s cowardice over euthanasia

Before the last election Maryan Street had the Death with Dignity bill drawn from the ballot, but David Cunliffe spiked it saying that Labour didn’t want distractions during election year.

They were, of course, planning their Dirty Politics/Vote Positive campaign at the time and debating euthanasia would distract from their planned political hit job using stolen data.

After the election and Andrew Little’s union-controlled ascension to the leadership Iain Lees-Galloway proposed picking up Maryan Street’s bill and having another go at it, until he too was told to pull the bill.

Again Labour told us they had other priorities, as if a member’s bill was party business anyway.

Now Andrew Little is unrepentant and refusing to apologise for letting suffering Kiwis continue in pain.

The Labour Party is supporting an inquiry into the euthanasia debate, but it’s not a priority.

A record-breaking public response to?a petition to legalise assisted dying has renewed calls for politicians to take action.

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES) said?it has received 22,000 submissions on a the petition?that sought an inquiry into public?opinion and a law change.?The final tally of submissions is yet to be confirmed by?the Health Select Committee.

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Oh so now Key cares? Did he get a focus group result he liked?

John Key is making the right sort of noises over euthanasia now…noises he should have been making some time ago.

A push to legalise voluntary euthanasia has been boosted by the Prime Minister’s endorsement.

John Key said he would support a new member’s bill lodged by Act leader David Seymour yesterday if it was drawn from the ballot.

“In all probability if it’s drawn I will vote for it,” he said.

The Government would not pick up the bill, meaning it could be years before it comes before Parliament.

But Mr Key’s endorsement could play an important role in changing minds on the contentious issue.

On the last conscience vote to be held in Parliament, for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the Prime Minister also confirmed early in the process that he would support the legislation, which later passed easily.

Mr Seymour began work on his End of Life Choice Bill after another bill, originally sponsored by former Labour MP Maryan Street, was removed from the ballot.

His bill had stricter safeguards than Ms Street’s bill, including a requirement that a person was likely to die within six months, instead of 12 months. They would also need to have approval from two doctors.

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Key wants a new flag, but has no courage to tackle a popular new law

John?Key wants a new flag, but has lacks the?courage to tackle a popular new law, one that a huge majority of people want.

A poll has shown more than 70 percent of people believe the law should be changed to allow voluntary euthanasia, but the Government isn’t going to change its position.

The 3 News/Reid Research poll called the question Lecretia’s choice. Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales died from a brain tumour in June just hours after her family was told the High Court had ruled against her bid to choose when she could die.

The poll showed 71 percent wanted the law change while 24 percent opposed it.? Read more »

Could our MPs please show some courage over voluntary euthanasia

It is time for our politicians to show some courage.

There is a perfect opportunity for our parliament to make a difference, after a petition on voluntary euthanasia was presented to parliament today.

Labour have already chickened out twice, once with Maryan Street and the second time with Iain Lees-Galloway. Andrew Little spiked the second attempt so he can’t be trusted.

The husband of right-to-die campaigner Lecretia Seales joined the Voluntary Euthanasia Society in presenting a petition to Parliament today.

Matt Vickers, Ms Seales’ husband, and former Labour MP Maryan Street today handed over a petition signed by almost 9000 people asking for an inquiry into the public opinion on assisted suicide. ? Read more »

Seymour goes where Labour fears to tread

David Seymour is putting a Euthanasia Bill up to parliament.

Good. Finally someone with some stones to do what Labour through the cowardice of Maryan Street and Iain Lees-Galloway along with their leaders failed to do: put up a?bill?on?euthanasia so a proper debate can be had.

The right-to-die debate is poised to be thrust back on the political agenda as support mounts for a parliamentary inquiry.

More than a decade after Parliament was divided by a vote on voluntary euthanasia, there is cross-party support that the public deserves a fresh debate through a select committee inquiry.

It follows the death on Friday from natural causes of Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales on the same day that it was made public she had lost her bid for the courts to rule in favour of assisted suicide.

A petition due to be presented to Parliament could be the catalyst for a fresh debate on voluntary euthanasia – but the Government is refusing to say whether it would back a wide ranging inquiry. ?? Read more »

Gutless Labour MP drops euthanasia bill because Andrew Little says so

He is quite happy to run one up loose stenographers, but when his leader tells him to drop a bill, he doesn’t even blink.

Iain Lees-Galloway has bowed to orders from his leader to drop the euthanasia bill he picked up from unwanted List MP Maryan Street.

Labour says they don;t want the distraction they’d rather focus on other things.

A bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little.

Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill before deciding whether to return it to the private members’ bill ballot.

But Mr Little confirmed yesterday that he had told Mr Lees-Galloway not to put it in the ballot because it was not an issue Labour should be focused on when it was rebuilding.

“It comes down to priorities at the moment,” Mr Little said. “We are very much focused on … jobs and economic security.

“There are more people affected by weak labour market regulation and weak economic strategy than they are about the right to make explicit choices about how they die.”
The bill would have allowed any adult suffering from a condition likely to cause their death within 12 months to request medical assistance to die.

Mr Little said Labour was still a socially progressive party under his leadership.

“It’s not about avoiding controversy but it’s about choosing the controversies that are best for us at this point in time. That stuff on euthanasia, it isn’t the time for us to be talking about that.”

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