Victoria Tag

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 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 VAD 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...

Debate on Victorian Bill begins today

This afternoon the Victorian Government is scheduled to start four days and debate, followed by a conscience vote in their Legislative Assembly on their Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. Channel 9 News interviewed with Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, who introduced the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, less...

Dr Owler advocates for VAD to National Press Club

Profesor Brian Owler, Neurosurgeon and the immediate past federal president of the Australian Medical Association, gave the address to the National Press Club on 12 October 2017. He spoke about voluntary assisted dying and, more specifically, the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017).  Amongst other things, Profesor...