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WA Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passes the lower house

On Tuesday 24 September 2019 the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill easily passed Western Australia's lower house without amendments. The Bill will now head to the upper house of parliament where it is expected to face a much tougher passage. The bill passed 45 - 11 in...

Your right to a peaceful, dignified death

Our President, Penny Hackett was interviewed for this editorial piece for the Sydney Morning Herald that was published on Wednesday 10 April 2019. In an ideal world, everyone would experience a ‘good death’ – pain free and without trauma. With scientific and medical advancements curing diseases...

Our Autumn Newsletter with the latest news from Australia and overseas

Our Autumn 2019 Newsletter aims to bring everyone up-to-date with the latest developments from across Australia and around the world. The NSW Election on Saturday 23 March is a chance to send a message to MPs about the overwhelming support in the community for voluntary assisted...

End of life care inquiry announced in Queensland

On Sunday 2 September, the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a parliamentary inquiry into end-of-life care that would investigate a wide range of issues including palliative care and assisted dying for terminally ill adults. Supporters of assisted dying law reform welcomed the announcement made at the...

WA supporters welcome assisted dying recommendation

Hundreds of supporters rallied outside Parliament House on Thursday 23 August 2018 to hear the recommendations from the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices. The cross-party parliamentary committee has recommended the WA Government legalise voluntary assisted dying for people 'experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering...

Senators vote down Restoring Territory Rights Bill

  Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm's bill to restore territory rights was defeated by two votes on Wednesday 15 August 2018, following two days of intense and emotional debate in the Senate. If passed the Restore Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015 would have revoked a 20-year-old...

Debate in August to restore Territories self-government

Liberal Democratic Party Senator, David Leyonhjelm, passed a motion on 27 June 2018 to proceed with his private member’s bill, Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill. Debate in the Senate is expected from 14 to 16 August. If passed, the Bill will NOT revive the Northern...

ABC Foreign Correspondent: David Goodall ‘On His Own Terms’

Local and international media have been fascinated by the story of the 104 year old scientist from Western Australia who travelled to Switzerland to end his life in May 2018. Professor David Goodall was as an academic, researcher and author in a career that spanned 75 years. He was not...