COMMENT:

The result on the assisted dying bill in Parliament this week is not all it seemed.

It passed its second reading by a big margin, 70 votes to 50.

But if a final vote were taken next week, it would not pass.

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Even David Seymour, the sponsor of the End of Life Choice Bill, knows Wednesday's result is not necessarily indicative of its future success.

Many MPs are torn over the issue but believe more debate is better so their vote is in support of more debate, rather than support of the bill.

And the role of New Zealand

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