The following article was published on the Hope Australia website on April 1, 2016.
By Paul Russell
On March 31 Australia’s Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley MP confirmed that she does not support euthanasia.
Ms Ley was speaking at an event in Brisbane Australia organised by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).
A short report on the News.com.au website stated:
More should be done to improve end of life care for Australians but euthanasia is not the answer, Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley says.
"I am the health minister and I do not support euthanasia," Ms Ley told a CEDA lunch in Brisbane on Thursday.
"I, however, recognise that we should be able to do a lot better than we currently do, not in everyone's case but in many, with end of life care."
A regime providing medical cannabis was the first step, she said, while funding provided to the states for palliative care was also being examined.
Ms Ley’s statement came at the same time as Federal Department of Health Secretary, Martin Bowles, told CEDA that there are reforms needed for the long term sustainability of Australia’s health system. Mr Bowles outlined the pressures facing Australia’s health system, particularly for disadvantaged communities, those in aged care, with chronic illnesses and relying on mental health systems.