Debate on assisted dying bill begins in NSW Parliament

Debate on assisted dying bill begins in NSW Parliament

Debate on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 in the NSW Legislative Council is due to begin next week.  This follows on from NSW Nationals MLC Trevor Khan’s Second Reading speech on the Bill on 21 September, 2017. If the Upper House MPs vote to pass the Bill, it is likely to go to the NSW Legislative Assembly (Lower House) the following week.

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 requires that a patient must be:
* At least 25 years of age and a New South Wales resident
* Suffering from a terminal illness which in reasonable medical judgement will result in the death of the patient within 12 months
* Experiencing severe pain, suffering or physical incapacity to an extent deemed unacceptable to the patient

Eligible patients must be assessed by:
* A primary medical practitioner
* A medical specialist
* An independent qualified psychiatrist or psychologist

Patients would then be allowed to self-administer a lethal substance to end their lives, they can also be assisted by a medical practitioner, ir required.

For those who will not be able to come into town to watch the debate, you can watch live webcasting from the chamber: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Pages/lc-webcast-page.aspx

We are at a critical time in the campaign to allow those with a terminal illness the right to choose how they end their lives. Supporters need to send a clear message to their Members of Parliament.

Click to email your local member NOW. Click for more about how you can support the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Click for article in the Daily Telegraph 7 November 2017 ‘Proponents hopeful NSW euthanasia bill will pass by Christmas

If you have any questions you can contact us via email to dwd@dwdnsw.org.au or you can leave a voicemail message on 02 9212 4782.

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Click for more information about the presentation to Parliament on 21 September

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) – Overview as at 21 September 2017

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) – Details as presented 21 September 2017