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Justice Select Committee hearings will be in Nelson this Monday 2 July to hear submissions from local community organisations and the public on the voluntary euthanasia bill currently before Parliament, Nelson MP Nick Smith says.

“Voluntary euthanasia is a very controversial issue in Nelson with strongly held views from both supporters and opponents. The job of the Justice Select Committee is to give everyone a fair opportunity to have their say prior to our decision on whether to recommend or not the Bill back to Parliament.”

The submissions are being heard at the Rutherford Hotel from 4.30pm to 9.00pm and include local euthanasia advocates, doctors, Nelson-Tasman Hospice and local Churches.  

“We have received over 30,000 submissions and we are travelling all over the country to hear New Zealanders views. We need to carefully consider the arguments that people should be free to end their life if they wish alongside those worried that it will damage society by devaluing life and subtly pressuring people to die early.”

The Bill, called the End of Life Choice Bill, sponsored by ACT MP David Seymour was supported at its first reading by 76 to 44 votes in March. The Justice Select Committee is due to report the Bill back to Parliament next February.   

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