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VAD Bill passes Second Reading vote in the Lower House 53-36

On Thursday 25 November 2021, Dying with Dignity NSW celebrated as the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 passed its first major hurdle in the Lower House. Dying with Dignity NSW President Penny Hackett said “Today is a significant milestone for the tens of thousands of...

Dying with Dignity welcomes start of debate on voluntary assisted dying

On Friday 12 November 2021 Dying with Dignity NSW welcomed the start of debate on the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in the Lower House. Dying with Dignity NSW President, Penny Hackett said “Today is a milestone moment in our campaign for voluntary assisted dying...

Powerful alliance forms to support voluntary assisted dying laws in NSW

A major alliance of organisations including unions, health and community groups have come together to support voluntary assisted dying law reform in NSW. The NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Alliance includes 29 organisations including the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW,...

NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill referred to an Upper House Inquiry

Dying with Dignity NSW was disappointed when the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in NSW was referred to an Upper House Inquiry which will not report back until February next year. Dying with Dignity NSW President Penny Hackett said “Every day that NSW Parliament does not...

Petition delivered to Parliament with over 100,000 signatures

A petition signed by over 100,000 people calling on Members of NSW Parliament to work collaboratively on voluntary assisted dying legislation was presented to Alex Greenwich MP and some of the record number of co-sponsors outside Parliament on Tuesday 12 October 2021. Scott Riddle, a...

Queensland – The fifth state to pass voluntary assisted dying laws

On Thursday 16 September 2021, Queensland became the fifth Australian state to pass voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation and the third this year. Victoria’s scheme has been operating for more than two years and WA’s law has been operating for over two months. Tasmania and SA...

Our Spring newsletter with the latest news from Australia and overseas

Our Spring 2021 Newsletter aims to bring everyone up-to-date with the latest developments from across Australia and around the world. The COVID crisis and state-wide lockdown have delayed our campaign for voluntary assisted dying (VAD) laws here in New South Wales. Are we disappointed? Yes. Are...

A Field of Hearts in place of a rally

Send your message to Members of the NSW Parliament in our Field of Hearts. Our plans for a big rally outside NSW Parliament have been wiped out by the COVID restrictions, but we decided to show our support for assisted dying laws and honour our loved...