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75% of Victorians want a Voluntary Assisted Dying Law.
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In Victoria, it is illegal to assist someone with a terminal illness to end their life. There are many complexities to the law, but otherwise it is clear: a person cannot actively assist another’s death even if the person is terminally ill, has no hope of recovery, is suffering and requesting a quick and peaceful end to their life.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (click to read the full text) was introduced into the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 21 September 2017. The bill will be debated and put to a vote after Parliament returns from spring recess mid October. After the bill passes, it will be introduced into the Legislative Council early November, with further debate and a vote expected later that month.
An Upper House Committee of the Victorian parliament has recommended a new law, designed for Victorians, with strictly limited scope and strong checks and balances.
Late last year, Premier Daniel Andrews called for government legislation to be drafted. This came as a result of the recommendation of an extensive Victorian cross-party enquiry into end-of-life choices.
Not long after (early in 2017) the Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, appointed an Expert Ministerial Advisory Panel to advise on the technical aspects of the legislation and design a workable scheme with strong safeguards and protections for the vulnerable.
The panel consists of medical, legal and consumer experts and is chaired by eminent neurosurgeon Prof Brian Owler, former federal President of the Australian Medical Association.
The Expert Ministerial Advisory Panel has released its report and developed guiding principles for legislation with no fewer than 68 safeguards.
The key recommendations are: