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Doctors speak out on assisted dying

On 19 September 2017, former Victorian Australian Medical Association (AMA) Presidents, Stephen Parnis, Mukesh Haikerwal, and Mark Yates, met with Victorian MPs to lobby against the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 [Victoria]. The position of these doctors puts them at odds with former AMA...

NSW Bill presented in Parliament

On 21 September, NSW Nationals MLC Trevor Khan formally presented the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 to the NSW Legislative Council. The Bill has been prepared over the past two years by the NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying (PWGAD), consisting of the Hon. Trevor Khan...

Bishop says Christianity should not be used to oppose assisted dying

A Victorian Anglican bishop, Bishop Andrew Curnow, has delivered a startling rebuke to those demanding he oppose marriage equality and assisted dying. Bendigo Bishop Curnow argued Australia was no longer a Christian nation and using Christianity as grounds to oppose equal marriage and voluntary assisted...

Victorian Government Bill in Parliament

On 20 September, 2017 the Andrews Labor Government introduced a Bill into the Victorian Parliament to legalise voluntary assisted dying in Victoria. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 [Victoria] was tabled by Health Minister Jill Hennessy, with the second reading the following day. Debate in the Victorian...

Denton and Nia Sims want to “Stop The Horror”

Channel 10 program The Project interviewed Andrew Denton, co-director of Go Gentle Australia, about the harrowing 5 min video Stop The Horror, which they have produced. Below is their interview with Denton and with Nia Sims, as posted on The Project Facebook page. Although it...

Oregonians still satisfied with their law after 20 years

The Oregon assisted dying law has been providing comfort at the end of life to Oregonians for 20 years. Their Death with Dignity Act officially took effect on October 27, 1997, just a few days before the repeal measure was defeated at the ballot (when Oregon...

NSW Premier doesn’t think she can support the bill

The NSW Premier and Member for Willoughby, Gladys Berejiklian, was interviewed by 2GB's Ben Fordham on 5 September about the issue of voluntary assisted dying. It seems that Ms Berejiklian has decided to vote against the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017) which has not yet...

Registered Nurse: Some patients do suffer in the end

By Tara Nipe, a registered nurse, nursing academic, and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Vic) project officer. The overwhelming majority of patients die well: without pain or agitation, with loved ones present or recently visited. But as even experts in the field acknowledge, a tiny number...

New Australian poll confirms majority support

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 respondants were asked:  “If someone with a terminal illness who is experiencing unrelievable suffering asks to die,...

Rising support for assistance in dying by Canadian doctors

Informal polls conducted at the Canadian Medical Association's annual general meeting on August 23 show rising support among doctors for medical assistance in dying (MAID). The CMA represents about 85,000 physicians, residents and medical students, and previously was not a keen supporter of MAID. "The mood is...