National MP Alfred Ngaro opposes euthanasia bill

Peter Williams 14/11/2019

ACT leader David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill has passed its final reading in Parliament four years after it was first put in the ballot box.

The Bill - which will let terminally ill adults with less than six months left to live access assisted dying or 'euthanasia' - passed its final reading on Wednesday in a conscience vote, with 69 votes for it and 51 against.

The passing of the bill puts the question to the public with a referendum to coincide with the 2020 general election.

National MP Alfred Ngaro voted against the bill and to explain why he joins Magic Mornings with Peter Williams.

Ngaro begins the interview saying he is disappointed in the result which saw the bill pass as he believes the bill to be unsafe.

Most people believe that euthanasia is simply switching off a machine and that’s not the case.

The National MP criticises the Government for not funding an electoral commission to inform the public ahead of the vote, a move he says will leave campaigning to interested parties.

When asked if any political party will fund an information campaign Ngaro referenced the fact that the vote was a conscience vote and so it is unlikely any party will be funding the campaigns as it is up to MPs themselves to voice their positions.

You can listen to the full interview above.