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Tasmania has become the third state to pass VAD laws

Tasmania was certain to become the third state to legalise voluntary assisted dying (VAD) after an overwhelming majority of the state’s House of Assembly passed Mike Gaffney’s End of Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020, 16 votes to 6 in favour in early March. There were...

Northern Rivers DWD champions off to a great start

Dying with Dignity supporters in the Northern Rivers region launched their on-the-ground, grassroots campaign in Lismore on Monday 8 February to show their local MPs just how much community support there is for voluntary assisted dying laws. Stall volunteers were very pleased with the response as...

Newcastle supporters launch campaign blitz for voluntary assisted dying laws

DWD supporters held an on-the-ground campaign blitz across Newcastle on Saturday 30 January 2021 to show MPs just how much community support there is for voluntary assisted dying laws. The Newcastle campaign blitz, organised by local community champions, comes as Alex Greenwich MP drafts a...

Our Summer newsletter with the latest news from Australia and overseas

Our Summer 2020/21 Newsletter aims to bring everyone up-to-date with the latest developments from across Australia and around the world. It has been an eventful and exciting few months for the dying with dignity movement in Australia and New Zealand with a series of “firsts” giving...

New petition for assisted dying laws in NSW

Dying with Dignity has launched a petition to kick start a renewed campaign to achieve voluntary assisted dying (VAD) law reform in NSW. This comes on the back of news that independent Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, in response to the growing momentum for change, will...

Renewed campaign for voluntary assisted dying laws in NSW

On Sunday 13 December 2020, Alex Greenwich, Independent Member for Sydney, announced in a Sydney Morning Herald exclusive that he will draft legislation to create a framework for people in New South Wales to access voluntary assisted dying. Mr Greenwich said the issue of assisted...

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill tabled in South Australia

A new Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill was tabled in both Chambers of the South Australian Parliament on Wednesday December 2, 2020. The Bill was tabled by Hon Kyam Maher in the Legislative Council and you can view his speech here. The same Bill was tabled by Hon Susan Close in...

Topical Talk – Online Zoom event on Voluntary Assisted Dying

Voluntary Assisted Dying - who has access? Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying (VAD) scheme has been operating successfully for over 12 months and WA’s law comes into effect in mid 2021. The Tasmanian VAD Bill is progressing through Parliament right now and could become law before Christmas....

Tasmanian assisted dying bill passes unanimously

On Tuesday 10 October 2020 Tasmania's Upper House passed laws to legalise voluntary assisted dying in a final vote that was unanimous.  Independent MP Mike Gaffney's End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020 was amended during the upper house debate however those amendments led to the...