Today, representatives of Victoria’s leading religions gathered on
the steps of Parliament to deliver a joint statement to Deputy Premier,
James Merlino, regarding the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.
‘Multifaith Statement’ is signed by Sheikh Isse Abdo Musse (President,
Board of Imams Victoria), Phra Khru Kampee-panya-withet (Abbot,
Melbourne Thai Buddhist Temple), Makarand Bhagwat (Victorian Director,
Hindu Council of Australia), Rabbi Daniel Rabin (President, Rabbinical
Council of Victoria), Jasbir Singh Suropada (Chairman, Sikh Interfaith
Council of Victoria) and Bishop Peter Danaher (President, Victorian
Council of Churches).
Kawalpreet Singh, from the Sikh Interfaith
Council of Victoria, stood next to the Deputy Premier as he read the
statement before the faith representatives each said their names in
support of the shared announcement.
Asking the Parliament
to reject the proposed assisted dying legislation, the statement
highlighted the shared beliefs of the religious leaders.