NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has poured cold water on whether assisted dying legislation would be revisited during the current parliamentary term.
He told The Port News assisted dying "isn't an issue I'm interested in dealing with in the short-term, nor for the balance of this term of government".
A report in The Daily Telegraph on January 17 said Nationals MP Trevor Khan had convened a working group to revisit the issue.
Mr Barilaro said the government had a focus on the existing bushfire crisis.
"In the midst of the worst drought in recorded history and the bushfire crisis that has decimated parts of regional and rural NSW, our focus is and will be, getting the regions back on their feet," Mr Barilaro said.
"This will take all our efforts over the next few years.
"I'll be contacting Mr Khan to express my position and will urge all my colleagues to focus on the recovery from fires."
Mr Khan did not respond to The Port News request for an interview.
In September 2019 the Premier Gladys Berejiklian ruled out any more conscience votes this parliamentary term after the bitter debate over abortion law reform threatened to engulf her leadership.
In 2017 a cross-party bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying failed to pass the New South Wales' Upper House by a single vote.
The bill would have allowed terminally ill patients over the age of 25 to end their own lives with the help of doctors.
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