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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...

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...

Christian response to Rationalist plan

More Australians recorded "No religion" in the 2016 Census than any other individual religion or denomination. Surging from 22.3 percent in 2011 to 30.1 percent. “The lack of secular voices in the media perpetuates Christian privilege. Declining religiosity hasn't lessened the influence of the increasingly...

Somerville cherry-picks data

"There is a tremendous amount of misinformation put about by assisted dying opponents that generates unjustified fear, uncertainty and doubt. Professor Margaret Somerville acknowledges that she made a bold and unequivocal statement - about supposed general suicide contagion from assisted dying laws - that has...

Poll results: majority of doctors backing us!

About 60 per cent of doctors support the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill and fewer than 30 per cent oppose it, according to a survey by market research company Ekas emailed to a database of 4000 NSW doctors it deemed 'opinion leaders' and returned by about 500....

Denton: The religious lobby against VAD

The religious lobby against assisted dying by Andrew Denton Later this year there will be a conscience vote on legislation to be introduced to the Victorian parliament. The vote might be three months away, but already hardcore religious opponents have mobilised...