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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...

ABC Foreign Correspondent: David Goodall ‘On His Own Terms’

Local and international media have been fascinated by the story of the 104 year old scientist from Western Australia who travelled to Switzerland to end his life in May 2018. Professor David Goodall was as an academic, researcher and author in a career that spanned 75 years. He was not...

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...

Goodall’s death and the fears of many elderly Australians

Local and international media were fascinated by the story of the 104 year old scientist from Western Australia who travelled to Switzerland to end his life in May 2018. [caption id="attachment_12250" align="alignright" width="400"] Dr David Goodall, described as Australia's oldest working scientist, has produced more than 100 research papers,...

Heart-wrenching stories emerge from ACT End of Life Inquiry

Almost 500 written submsisions have been made to The Select Committee on End of Life Choices for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Many submissions include heart-wrenching stories of watching family members suffer. 487 submissions have been published and are available to download on the ACT Legislative...

WA politicians aren’t listening to their voters

On 9 April 2018 Neil Francis (pictured) gave evidence to the WA Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices that more than 75 per cent of Liberal and National voters support voluntary assisted dying but their local MPs are more likely to vote against the will...

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...

Lynda Voltz MP spoke frankly at our DWD NSW AGM

Thanks to all those who attended our 2018 Annual General Meeting in Sydney on 17 March. We were very fortunate to have as our guest speaker the Hon. Lynda Voltz MLC, a Labor Upper House MP, the Shadow Minister for Sport and Veterans Affairs, and member...

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...