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WA well on the move to VAD legislation

The WA Health Minister Roger Cook has joined a number of his Labor colleagues including the Premier in calling for voluntary assisted dying legislation “to enable people to take control of their lives in their final stages”.  Read more.

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Great WA result for voluntary assisted dying legislation

Great news – WA has elected a Premier who supports voluntary assisted dying legislation and his views were well known before the election. Mark McGowan will become the 4th Premier to support such legislation, following Tasmanian Lara Giddings, SA’s Jay Weatherill and Victoria’s Daniel Andrews. Our then

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Progress in US – Hawaii this time

Hawaii has passed a major stage towards their assisted dying legislation.  Read more If passed, Hawaii would join the 5 US States with similar legislation – Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California and Colorado – Washington DC, and Montana which has a court ruling making assisted dying legal. 20 other States

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Progress in other States – NSW and Victoria

While Tasmania is still in line to be the first State with assisted dying legislation because a Bill has already been introduced into the Parliament, other States are moving towards it. A new Assisted Dying Bill will be debated in NSW this year.  It was announced just

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Looking ahead to an exciting and successful 2017

2017 looks as if it will be an exciting breakthrough year for assisted dying legislation in Australia, with Tasmania in an historic position to be the first State with such legislation.  The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2016 has already been moved in the Parliament and will be debated

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Victorian assisted dying legislation likely

There are numerous news reports that the Victorian Government is about to announce they will introduce an assisted dying Bill next year.  This may well be after the Tasmanian debate, but the news is a boost to the chances of the Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill moved in

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Summary of the new Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2016

A summary of the new Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2016 has been added to our website.  You can access it here.

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Andrew Denton podcast transcripts now available

For those of you who prefer to read, rather than listen to information, the producer of Andrew Denton’s “Better Off Dead” podcast has now released transcripts for episodes 1 to 5 to DwDNSW. These transcripts are on their website now – click here. This is extremely important

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Meet your own principles and standards!

It’s not THAT hard to do – “Meet your own principles and standards”.  That’s our message to opponents of voluntary assisted dying who make ignorant and irrational claims especially about the practice of assisted dying overseas. Too often on this issue, religious, medical, academic and political opponents and

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FactCheck – Not true that 550 babies ‘killed’ under Dutch euthanasia law

“The Conversation” has published an important FactCheck refuting the false alarmist claim made by Luke Formosa on the Q&A program last week on voluntary assisted dying that: “Findings from the Netherlands Euthanasia report in 2014 indicate … 550 newborn babies with diseases or disabilities were killed“.   Read more …

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