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Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Page: 4179

Senator ANNING (Queensland) (16:31): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator ANNING: Legalising assisted killing is not something that the Senate should support. If the Andrews bill is repealed, the ACT socialist government has made it clear they'll move quickly to legalise euthanasia in the ACT. If euthanasia is legalised, elderly people, particularly those whose care is a burden to others or who have accumulated wealth, may be pressured into ending their lives by greedy relatives.

In 2016, the ABS recorded that 2,866 people had committed suicide. Creating a culture that promotes—

The PRESIDENT: Order! Senator Anning, I've got Senator Urquhart on a point of order.

Senator Urquhart: A point of order, Mr President. This motion is a procedural motion. It's not actually debating the issue; it is actually a procedural motion.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Urquhart, Senator Anning was granted leave to speak for one minute. That was not conditional on it being relevant to a motion. I will remind all senators, and Senator Anning was not in the chamber when I asked this earlier, that the one-minute statements are granted as a courtesy of the Senate and should relate to the matter directly beforehand, rather than necessarily or always the substance of the issue at hand.

Senator ANNING: In 2016, the ABS recorded that 2,866 people had committed suicide. Creating a culture that promotes death as a solution can only make this problem worse. Legalised euthanasia is a direct attack on the sanctity of life. I urge the Senate to reject any move that would promote state-sponsored killing of the most vulnerable in society. (Time expired)

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Leyonhjelm be agreed to.