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Mass of submissions delay NZ euthanasia bill deadline

According to Radio New Zealand, Parliament has extended the period for submissions on a euthanasia bill by six months, till March next year. The Justice Select Committee has received 35,000 submissions on Act leader David Seymour’s End Of Life Choice bill, which would allow people with a terminal illness the option of assisted dying. A tenth of those who made submissions wanted to present their views in person to MPs on the committee, which will conduct regional hearings around the country. The committee’s chair Labour Party member Raymond Huo said the hearings would enable as many individuals and community organisations as possible to be heard. “The Justice Committee intends to hear from all submitters who have asked to be heard,” Mr Huo said. The committee started public hearings in Wellington today.