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Denton speech: Assistance to end suffering is a human right

Andrew Denton delivered a speech on Friday 21 July to the Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights. His discussion of the need for voluntary assisted dying law was based upon the human rights codified under 'The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006...

‘Noosa Alive Festival’ Q&A with Rodney Syme and Shayne Higson

On Saturday 22 July at 10 am the University of the Sunshine Coast  partnered with NOOSA Alive – Festival of Thought to present 'EUTHANASIA Q&A: Assisted Dying Law' Description: Should the terminally ill have the right to end their own lives?  Should you be allowed to...

Victorian Premier to introduce VAD bill

Daniel Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, has just announced that "We will introduce a Bill to the Parliament to legalise voluntary assisted dying. We appointed a panel of experts to recommend the safest-possible model – and today, we accepted their recommendations in full. Now, let us...

NSW Nurses & Midwives declare support for assisted dying

It is official - members of NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) support the introduction of voluntary assisted dying laws. The motion to endorse the Position Statement on Assisted Dying was passed almost unanimously by the 500 delegates at the NSWNMA Annual Conference in Sydney on...

Final Report defines bill for Victorian Parliament

The Victorian Ministerial Advisory Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying Final Report has made 66 recommendations around the drafting of a voluntary assisted dying law. The Panel, was headed by Professor Brian Owler, the immediate past President of the Australian Medical Association. Dr Owler said the Victorian...

Why does Andrew Denton support change?

In October 2015, Andrew Denton concluded the "Di Gribble Argument" lecture, before a packed audience in Melbourne, with the following conclusion: “It is not time that we had a law for assisted dying in Australia: it is well past time. I’m not talking about a right...

Speak to your MP about VAD – Sydney forum

On Thursday 13 July, 2017 at 6pm - 7:30pm a forum was held in the NSW Parliament House Theatre to discuss the final draft of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (draft 21!) which will be presented to the Upper House in the second sitting week...

Canada’s law, one year on

by Dr. David Amies In June 2016, the federal government of Canada passed its medical assistance in dying (MAID) bill, thereby allowing certain persons to obtain help from their doctors to end their lives. The new law disappointed many activists because it was seen as too restrictive, but in...

Stimulating community information session in Port Macquarie

On Tuesday 11 July, we held the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill community information and consultation session in Port Macquarie. The event was hosted by the 'NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying' in conjunction with Dying with Dignity Midnorth Coast NSW. The speaker was Trevor Khan,...

Church and States battle

There are non-religious people who are wary of introducing voluntary assisted dying laws, but the Catholic strain is obvious and contentious. It was the organisation and funding from the broad Catholic church – as well fierce opposition from the AMA and concern from some Indigenous groups...

Californian law operating well.

According to according to a report just released by the Californian Department of Public Health, 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their...