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Marshall want amendments to euthanasia bill

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South Australian Opposition Leader Steven Marshall says he can’t support the latest push for voluntary euthanasia in the state in its current form.

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A bill is set to be debated in parliament and will be subject to a conscience vote by both major parties.

Marshall says he’s committed to a having a full debate on the issue but has told ABC radio he would want to see much greater safeguards included in the legislation.

“What I am prepared to do is vote for it to go through to the committee stage so amendments can be moved,” he said.

“Then we can have a proper, respectful debate.”

The latest bill is the 14th attempt to pass euthanasia laws of some sort in SA.

It was introduced jointly by Labor MP Steph Key and Liberal MP Duncan McFetridge.

TV personality Andrew Denton recently threw his support behind the bill, spurred on by his own father’s death 20 years ago.

Denton said after his own experience with his father dying “badly” he set out to find out why that had to be the case for him and others in Australia.

“I think we’re making progress now. I think politicians are starting to understand that it is possible to write a law that is compassionate and safe,” he said recently.

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