Victoria Tag

Compelling speeches support Victorian bill through to committee stage

After nearly two weeks of strong campaigning by supporters and opponents of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, following passage of the bill in the Victorian Lower House (by a vote of 47 to 37).  debate began in the Victorian Upper House on 2 November. Two days of emotionally-charged...

Sue Jensen: My life, my choice

Sue Jensen is 60 years old and has oesophageal cancer, which has spread to her lungs. With Voluntary Assisted Dying bills now in the Parliaments of Victoria and NSW, Sue Jensen spoke to ABC Lateline's Emily Stewart: "I'm putting my voice out there because there's three...

Victorian MPs insist on amendments to pass assisted dying bill

As the Victorian government prepares for debate on the Voluntary ­Assisted Dying Bill to begin in their Legislative Council on 2 November, the numbers of supporting MPs is close to the number required. The government has been forced to consider amendments, with key Upper House MPs...

Why the Victorian Premier changed his mind on assisted dying law

When Daniel Andrews was elected as Premier of Victoria in 2014 he was a devout Catholic, who was personally opposed to voluntary assisted dying, as was his Catholic deputy, James Merlino. A year and a half later, his beloved father, Bob Andrews died from cancer. On...

Amanda’s father took his life in a violent and desperate way

[caption id="attachment_10799" align="alignright" width="150"] Robin and Barbara Collins on their wedding day, 50 years before Robin's death.[/caption] On 27 February, 2014, Amanda Collins' father shot himself in the backyard of the family home, whilst her mother was in the kitchen. Robin Collins' body lay on a patch...

Royal Australian College of GPs endorses Victoria’s Upper House passing 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...

Private story behind Victorian Health Minister’s support

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 [Victoria] was prepared by Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Attorney-General Martin Pakula. On 20 September 2017, Jill Hennessy spoke to Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne about the details of the bill which would be presented to Parliament that day....

Palliative care and assisted dying are not mutually exclusive

Professor Julian Savulescu (pictured, Visiting Professor in Biomedical Ethics and Law, Melbourne University, University of Oxford) provided a piece for The Conversation 'Sex versus death: why marriage equality provokes more heated debate than assisted dying' 18 October 2017, which includes the following interesting observations: "One major...