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NSW becomes the 6th state to pass VAD laws

Just after midday on Thursday 19th May 2022, after decades of campaigning, NSW became the last state in Australia to pass laws allowing terminally ill people the right to voluntarily end their own life, at a time of their choosing, when their suffering becomes intolerable....

VAD Bill passes first vote in the Upper House

Dying with Dignity NSW and its supporters were thrilled when the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passed the Second Reading vote in the Upper House, by a margin of 20-17 votes on Thursday 11 May. The Bill will now move to the Committee stage for amendments, expected...

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill on track to pass the NSW Upper House

A majority of NSW Upper House members have spoken in favour of the VAD Bill bringing hope to thousands of supporters This week, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 was allocated four hours of debate time in the NSW Legislative Council. This followed a similar allocation...

New Upper House petition calling for assisted dying laws to pass

Opponents of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) laws in NSW have started a parliamentary e-petition asking MPs to try to block the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill when it is debated in the Upper House in March. We decided to start our own petition asking Upper House MPs...

Adam Searle introduces VAD Bill in the NSW Upper House

On Wednesday 23 February 2022, Labor's Adam Searle delivered a powerful, opening Second Reading speech to commence debate of the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bill 2021 in the Legislative Council. The VAD Bill has already passed in the Legislative Assembly with a convincing majority of 52...

DWD Welcomes Upper House Inquiry Report and Notice of VAD Bill

Dying with Dignity NSW has welcomed the Report of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice for the Inquiry into the Provisions of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 that was tabled in NSW Parliament on Tuesday 22 February. The report recommends that the Legislative Council...

Our Summer newsletter with the latest news from Australia and overseas

Our Summer 2021/2022 Newsletter aims to bring everyone up-to-date with the latest developments from across Australia and around the world. Despite the COVID pandemic delaying debate of the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bill in New South Wales, the Bill was able to pass decisively in the...