News

Victorian bill in second half of 2017

A ministerial advisory panel will be established to help draft a "safe and compassionate" legislative framework for assisted dying in Victoria. The Victorian Government will introduce this bill to the Parliament in the second half of 2017 and Labor MPs will be granted a conscience...

“The Age” on why our lawmakers should legalise VAD

The Age embraces the news, and urges parliamentarians to support a voluntary assisted dying bill in Victoria. They believe there is a compelling case for the change, which polls have shown has long been supported by as many as four in five Australians, and which...

How we lost by one vote in South Australia

Voluntary euthanasia has been knocked back in South Australian Parliament for the 15th time after a marathon late session in the House of Assembly overnight. The bill initially passed a second reading stage leading to a debate that continued up until about 4:00am. But the...

An Evening with Denton in Port Macquarie

Speaking to your MP is the single most effective step people can take in the push for voluntary euthanasia laws, campaigner Andrew Denton says. He said family stories, in particular, were powerful, and MPs couldn’t ignore that....

The AMA risks irrelevance

The Australian Medical Association is trying clumsily to bridge the gap between doctors’ professional obligations and their responsibility to their patients. But in continuing to oppose doctor-assisted suicide, yet somehow claim a right to help develop any such laws, the AMA risks irrelevance....

AMA Survey survey results

A majority of doctors support the profession being involved in assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia if laws are changed to allow it, a survey by the Australian Medical Association of 4000 members has found...

District of Columbia Council passes Death With Dignity Act

The District of Columbia is poised to become the seventh jurisdiction in the U.S. where medical aid in dying is authorised for terminally ill residents after the D.C. Council passed the D.C. Death with Dignity Act by an 11-2 margin...

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...

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...

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...

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....