ADELE CARLES says she will introduce a bill to legalise euthanasia if re-elected to Fremantle in four weeks.
The commitment follows last weekend’s suicide of pro-euthanasia campaigner Barbara Harrison, a multiple sclerosis sufferer.
Ms Carles says the right to die is a fundamental human right and Ms Harrison’s death should be a wake-up call.
“What are we waiting for?” she asked. “How many more people like Barbara Harrison will have to die alone having suffered so long? Surely we as a society are more compassionate than this.
“It’s time that we had certainty for doctors and patients about this.”
In 2010 WA MPs voted down a euthanasia bill introduced to the upper house by Greens MLC Robin Chapple.
It would have allowed people over 21 who were terminally ill and of sound mind to ask a GP to end their life.
Ms Carles says if she’s re-elected she will work with Mr Chapple to re-introduce his bill.
“We now see that more than 70 per cent of people agree that euthanasia should be legal and yet neither Premier Colin Barnett nor Labor leader Mark McGowan have the courage to bring on the debate and introduce legislation in the lower house in parliament.”
by BRENDAN FOSTER