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End of life care inquiry announced in Queensland

On Sunday 2 September, the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a parliamentary inquiry into end-of-life care that would investigate a wide range of issues including palliative care and assisted dying for terminally ill adults. Supporters of assisted dying law reform welcomed the announcement made at the...

WA supporters welcome assisted dying recommendation

Hundreds of supporters rallied outside Parliament House on Thursday 23 August 2018 to hear the recommendations from the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices. The cross-party parliamentary committee has recommended the WA Government legalise voluntary assisted dying for people 'experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering...

Senators vote down Restoring Territory Rights Bill

  Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm's bill to restore territory rights was defeated by two votes on Wednesday 15 August 2018, following two days of intense and emotional debate in the Senate. If passed the Restore Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015 would have revoked a 20-year-old...

Debate in August to restore Territories self-government

Liberal Democratic Party Senator, David Leyonhjelm, passed a motion on 27 June 2018 to proceed with his private member’s bill, Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill. Debate in the Senate is expected from 14 to 16 August. If passed, the Bill will NOT revive the Northern...

Our Winter Newsletter is full of Australian and overseas news

If we thought 2018 was going to be a quiet year then we were mistaken. The issue of voluntary assisted dying is a hot topic across Australia and around the world. There has been a great deal of media and many developments to keep abreast...

Annie’s husband, Paul, joins Voluntary Euthanasia Party

Paul Gabrielides was the husband of Annie Gabrielides, who was the ‘face’ of Dying with Dignity NSW’s 2017 campaign for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017). Annie started the petition on Change.org “Don’t leave me trapped in a dying body - allow me to die peacefully” which received over 115,000 signatures. She lost her battle with Motor...

Hawaii now the 8th US jurisdiction to legalise VAD

With the Governor’s signature on 5 April 2018, Hawaii has given terminally ill patients the option to request medication that could end their lives. The new law, known as the Our Care, Our Choice Act, was passed by The Hawaii State Senate with a 23-2 vote on March 29, 2018. The...

WA Police Union President says VAD would reduce Police trauma

Data provided by State Coroner Rosalinda Fogliani to the Parliament of Western Australia Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices revealed that a person with a terminal or debilitating illness takes their own life every nine days in WA. Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told the commitee the...