Media Release

A jab we don’t need

July 19, 2021

While the government is focused on saving lives through jabs, a group of politicians want to give the sick and vulnerable a lethal jab.

Christian Democratic Party spokesman Lyle Shelton said the independent, Nationals, Labor, Greens, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers and Animal Justice MPs behind the bill had their priorities wrong.

Rev Hon Fred Nile and the Christian Democratic Party are strong advocates for palliative care options rather than state-sanctioned killing. Whenever euthanasia legislation has emerged over the years Rev Nile has consistently opposed it and the CDP was the critical vote in it’s defeat in 2017.

“The Government’s Covid response is all about encouraging people to have jabs aimed at saving the lives of vulnerable people but these politicians want to give vulnerable people a lethal jab” Mr Shelton said.

“Euthanasia always sends a powerful cultural message to the vulnerable that their lives are not worth living and that they should ‘choose’ not to be a burden.”

“Euthanasia allows politicians to squib providing proper end of life health care so people can die with dignity without the pressure of taking euthanasia.”

Mr Shelton said the CDP expected Premier Gladys Berejiklian to keep her promise not to allow euthanasia to be debated in this term of parliament following the divisive abortion-to-birth laws passed in 2019.

“Like all advocates of euthanasia laws, I note that Mr Greenwich has launched his bill claiming it will have strict parameters applying only to the terminally ill.”

“But how does he intend to stop the slippage seen in other jurisdictions where even the mentally ill, as proposed in Queensland, are also offered euthanasia?”

Lyle Shelton is Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Christian Democratic Party. The Reverend Honourable Fred Nile MLC has nominated Lyle to succeed him in the NSW Parliament when he retires in November.

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