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Debate on assisted dying bill begins in NSW Parliament

Debate on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 in the NSW Legislative Council is due to begin next week.  This follows on from NSW Nationals MLC Trevor Khan's Second Reading speech on the Bill on 21 September, 2017. If the Upper House MPs vote to pass the Bill, it is...

Latest poll shows 85% of Australians support assisted dying

A special Roy Morgan Snap SMS Survey was conducted on the night of 2 November, 2017 with a representative cross-section of 1,386 Australians aged 18+. Respondents were asked: “If a hopelessly ill patient with no chance of recovering asks for a lethal dose, should a...

Royal Australian College of GPs endorses Victoria’s Upper House passing VAD Bill

Press Release by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 20 October 2017 The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has welcomed the passing of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in the lower house of Victorian parliament this morning after comprehensive and contemporary discussion about the...

Palliative care and assisted dying are not mutually exclusive

Professor Julian Savulescu (pictured, Visiting Professor in Biomedical Ethics and Law, Melbourne University, University of Oxford) provided a piece for The Conversation 'Sex versus death: why marriage equality provokes more heated debate than assisted dying' 18 October 2017, which includes the following interesting observations: "One major...

Latest poll confirms NSW residents support assisted dying law

A NSW ReachTEL poll commissioned by Fairfax media, found that 69 per cent of NSW voters support a law that would give the terminally ill the right to end their lives with a doctor's assistance. The poll was conducted on 5 October and results are based...

Our AGM with Colleen Cartwright

Our AGM was held on Saturday 27 May 2017 in Sydney, and the feedback from those who attended has been terrific. Professor Colleen Cartwright was the guest speaker, with the topic of her speech being ‘End of Life Options – The Key Issues’. Professor Cartwright spoke...

An emotional Q&A debate

Voluntary euthanasia dominated Q&A on Monday night 10 April. The panel — which included senators Penny Wong and Mitch Fifield, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, author Nikki Gemmell and ethics expert Margaret Somerville — didn't all see eye-to-eye on the issue, but did all agree it is...

VCAT Ruling on Nembutal sets important precedent

Just before Christmas 2016, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) handed down a historic judgement in a case brought by the veteran advocate for assisted dying, Dr Rodney Syme. VCAT accepted Syme’s defence (that his supply of Nembutal to dying patients was a legitimate...

Voluntary Euthanasia Debate on ABC Q&A Program

Panellists: philosopher Peter Singer; Shadow Minister for Justice (Labor) Clare O’Neil MP;  Senator Scott Ryan (Liberal); media and policy advisor Ted Lapkin; social scientist and sustainability expert, Dr Leyla Acaroglu. Transcript of ABC QandA 270217 questions related to VAD Watch extract of QandA program      ...