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 arguing they’ll support the bill only with changes.
Crossbencher James Purcell (pictured) announced on 30 October that he would support the bill, provided his amendments were accepted. Purcell wants local GPs to be brought into the assessment process, and for a committee review stage made up of psychiatric, legal and medical specialists. Mr Purcell told 3AW radio “I’ll be looking for the 12-month period to be reduced,…speaking to doctors and nurses, they’re saying that the pain and suffering is not in the last 12 months, it’s the last weeks. So I think that needs to be brought back.”
According to the ABC Report “Euthanasia vote in Upper House in hands of about five MPs, amendments possible” on 30 October 2017, there are five Upper House MPs who remain publicly undecided on they how they will vote on the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. However, The Australian said on 31 October 2017 in “Victorian euthanasia bill one vote closer” that Mr Purcell’s vote cuts undecided MPs to seven, but adds to a growing list of MPs proposing changes”.
If the vote to proceed is successful this week, the bill will be debated in the next sitting week in mid-November.
Click for Second Reading Speech in the Victorian Legislative Council 31 October 2017 by Gavin Jennings MP
Click for Statement of Compatability in the Victorian Legislative Council 31 October 2017 by Ms Jenny Mikakos, MP
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