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.
Health Minister Roger Cook has not ruled out the idea of accepting that amendment in the Upper House.
“As the passage of this historic legislation moves to the Upper House the Government will consider all contributions and speeches made by elected members in the Lower House,” he said. “I encourage all members of the Legislative Council to undertake their review of this bill respectfully, taking into account the strong desire of the community to support the bill.”
“Today we took a significant step forward to giving Western Australians with a life-limiting or terminal illness the dignity they deserve at the end of their lives,” he said.
“I’m pleased the Legislative Assembly considered the legislation in a compassionate and respectful manner.”