Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

MP Backs Right to Die as 'Sensible'

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

MP Backs Right to Die as 'Sensible'

Article excerpt

FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd has personal stories told to him everyday, but on the issue of euthanasia his own experience might just pave the way to the party floor.

With the majority of his constituents ruling in favour of legalizing euthanasia in a recent mass survey, Mr O'Dowd reflected on the death of his own mother earlier this year.

"I have seen my mother die in the past couple of months, and towards the end she had enough and all she wanted to do was leave this world," he said.

"We have all been touched somewhere, where there is no good end to the story and that it might be; to end human suffering; the best option to consider euthanasia."

Around 5000 people participated in the survey, and over 60,000 were delivered to households across the region.

The MP said he wasn't sure which way Flynn would swing; but the 55% sway in support of the practice was growing as the votes poured in. …

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