Chairman promoted opposition

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Re: Is New Zealand really a secular state? September 2 column.

First, my congratulations on publishing this article, as it gets the situation vis-a-vis the Catholic Church and its opposition to end-of-life choice out in the open and spot on.

The Health Select Committee was chaired by Simon O’Connor, what the article failed to mention was that said Mr O’Connor had a published interview with “The Catholic” (a publication supporting the Catholic viewpoint) in which he encouraged the faithful to make submissions to the Health Select Committee, and showed how to phrase objections to the petition.

At this point I knew that there was absolutely no chance of anything sane coming out of the committee, and that Simon O’Connor should have been removed from chairing the committee. But that would have taken guts from someone in government. Fudge City Rules OK?

John M. Watson, Otaki

Re: Is New Zealand really a secular state? September 2 column.

First, my congratulations on publishing this article, as it gets the situation vis-a-vis the Catholic Church and its opposition to end-of-life choice out in the open and spot on.

The Health Select Committee was chaired by Simon O’Connor, what the article failed to mention was that said Mr O’Connor had a published interview with “The Catholic” (a publication supporting the Catholic viewpoint) in which he encouraged the faithful to make submissions to the Health Select Committee, and showed how to phrase objections to the petition.

At this point I knew that there was absolutely no chance of anything sane coming out of the committee, and that Simon O’Connor should have been removed from chairing the committee. But that would have taken guts from someone in government. Fudge City Rules OK?

John M. Watson, Otaki

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Martin Hanson - 7 days ago
It's ironic that Simon O'Connor claims to be so passionate about suicide, yet he is doing his best to commit political suicide when he said on Facebook: "It's strange that Jacinda is so concerned about youth suicide but is happy to encourage the suicide of the elderly, disabled, and sick. Perhaps she just values one group more than the others?"
To conflate the tragedy of youth suicide with the desire of people suffering from terminal illnesses like multiple sclerosis or motor neuron disease to end their lives is not only criminal stupidity; it is an insult to those whose physical condition denies them any possibility of enjoying life.
If he is so passionate about the elderly, the disabled, the sick and the mentally ill, what's he doing in the National Party?

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