Brian Burston and Peter Georgiou decide against supporting the legislation as debate continues

The push to allow territories the right to legalise euthanasia has been thrown in peril by senators Brian Burston and Peter Georgiou reversing their position – both now intend to vote against the bill.

As recently as Tuesday, the bill’s architect, David Leyonhjelm, was confident it would win the 39 votes necessary to pass the Senate, but the late defections mean the result is unclear before a vote expected on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

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