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Our Summer 2017 newsletter is out now. It’s full of news and insights

The DWD NSW Summer 2017 Newsletter is a special edition focusing on the NSW and Victorian voluntary assisted dying (VAD) bills, which coincidentally were debated within just a few days of each other. The passage of the Victorian Bill and the narrow defeat of the NSW...

Delighted at majority vote on New Zealand’s End of Life Choice Bill

ACT MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill received its First Reading vote in Parliament on 13 December 2017. 76 MPs voted in favour and 44 against sending the Bill to the NZ Justice Select Committee. Labour, Green and National party MPs were given a conscience vote. Labour...

Victoria makes history by passing their voluntary assisted dying bill

Today the Victorian Parliament has made history by becoming the first Australian state to approve the introduction of a voluntary assisted dying scheme. After more than 100 hours of debate across both houses of the Victorian Parliament and two demanding all-night sittings, Lower House MPs...

NSW Nurses & Midwives support voluntary assisted dying law

"Today we saw history taking place with voluntary assisted dying laws passing the Victorian parliament, a first for any Australian state. Below is an extract of a letter to the Lamp magazine by NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association President Coral Levitt (pictured) from earlier this...

Victorian bill passed by the Upper House, with amendments

Debate on the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill began in the Victorian Upper House on 2 November. After two days of emotionally-charged debate the bill passed the second reading by 22 votes to 18, and moved onto the committee stage. This stage began on 14 November and was eventually...

NSW assisted dying bill defeated by one vote, but we are not defeated

The NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill was a private member's bill introduced by Nationals MP Trevor Khan, a member of the Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying. The bill, which they had developed over two years, in consultation with key stakeholders, failed to pass in...

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...

Royal Australian College of GPs endorses Victoria’s 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...