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Compelling speeches support Victorian bill through to committee stage

After nearly two weeks of strong campaigning by supporters and opponents of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, following passage of the bill in the Victorian Lower House (by a vote of 47 to 37).  debate began in the Victorian Upper House on 2 November. Two days of emotionally-charged...

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...

Victorian MPs insist on amendments to pass assisted dying bill

As the Victorian government prepares for debate on the Voluntary ­Assisted Dying Bill to begin in their Legislative Council on 2 November, the numbers of supporting MPs is close to the number required. The government has been forced to consider amendments, with key Upper House MPs...

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...

Australian poll confirms majority support assisted dying

A new independent nationwide poll released today has found that 73% of Australians support voluntary assisted dying. The poll was conducted by Essential Research from 10 to 14 August 2017 and 1,000 respondants were asked:  “If someone with a terminal illness who is experiencing unrelievable suffering asks...

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...

Debate on Victorian Bill begins today

This afternoon the Victorian Government is scheduled to start four days and debate, followed by a conscience vote in their Legislative Assembly on their Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. Channel 9 News interviewed with Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, who introduced the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, less...

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...