Timing of euthanasia bill worries Little

NZ Herald 11 November 2014
Labour leadership contender Andrew Little says he does not want a colleague to restart the highly divisive debate on legalising euthanasia when the party is trying to restore confidence with voters.

Labour’s Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway has taken over responsibility for the End of Life Choice Bill after sponsor Maryan Street failed to get re-elected in September.

Mr Lees-Galloway is gauging support within the new Parliament before deciding whether to put it back in the private members’ bill ballot.

Ms Street removed the bill from the ballot last year under pressure from Labour’s leadership, who were concerned it could be an election-year distraction or that it could deter conservative voters.

Whether the bill gets a second chance could depend on Labour’s next leader.
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