Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

MP Backs Euthanasia

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

MP Backs Euthanasia

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

With the majority of his constituents ruling in favour of legalising euthanasia in a recent mass survey, Mr O'Dowd (pictured) 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 the story had nothing but a bad ending, to end human suffering through euthanasia might be the best option, he said.

About 5000 people participated in the survey, and more than 60,000 were delivered to households across the region.

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

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