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The AMA: 1996 versus now

The AMA represents only 29% of Australia's doctors. As an organisation it still officially rejects any thought of assisting a patient to die, and many doctors have left or declined to join because of this stance. Its position on voluntary euthanasia has been the subject...

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The Safeguards: 1996 versus now

This detailed analysis prepared by Go Gentle Australia compares the current proposed safeguards with those proposed 21 years ago, when then-Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Marshall Perron delivered a speech to NT Parliament in the closing of debate on the Rights of the Terminally...

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Malcolm Turnbull on VAD law reform

On the ABC 7.30 Report program on 14 November 2016, reporter Leigh Sales interviewed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and included a line of questioning about why the Liberal government was not responding to the will of the majority of Australians for law reform around voluntary...

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It is not just about ending pain

Pain ranks near the bottom of a list of patients’ concerns in the first two states to legalize physician-assisted dying, Oregon and Washington, which provide the most complete details about people’s motivations....

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Jay Franklin: likely to be excluded from VAD

Jay Franklin is a 40 year old Melbourne man born with a congenital condition known as Hirschsprung disease. He says there is no prospect of his condition getting better, and that he wants medical assistance to die at home with his mother Bertha there to...

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Politicians are running behind in the VAD debate

In reflecting on the defeated Assisted Dying Bill last year in the UK, Kit Malthouse MP recalled his initial confidence ahead of the vote and his surprise at the “heavy loss”....

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Battle for right to die revived, 20 years on

More than 20 years after he enacted the nation’s first assisted ­suicide laws — later axed by the federal government — Marshall Perron says the battle to bring back the right to die has been ­revived. He concedes his efforts two decades ago were something of...

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Kylie Monaghan face of S.A VAD Bill

SA politicians will soon vote on the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill and a campaign to pass this bill, backed by television and radio personality Andrew Denton, will launch in Adelaide this week. The campaign is aimed at urging politicians to look beyond the impersonal nature of...

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Colorado will be the next US state to vote on VAD

A bill supporting doctor-assisted dying was quashed last year by the Colorado state legislature. But in April a draft statute was filed with the secretary of statemto place the “Colorado End-of-Life Options Act” on the ballot in November....