Consultation underway on proposal for Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation for Tasmania.
Please express your support by 15 March 2013.
The proposal has been put forward for community comment by the Premier, Lara Giddings, and the Leader of the Greens, Nick McKim. The details are set out in a long discussion paper and a shorter companion paper. The papers provide the details of what they intend to include in the Bill, including safeguards and requirements that would need to be met by the person making the request for voluntary assisted dying and by doctors, the procedures that would need to be followed and the reporting and monitoring arrangements. Copies of the paper/s can be obtained by phone, 62333464, email, email@example.com, or downloading from www.premier.tas.gov.au or http://mps.tas.greens.org.au.
We strongly recommend that you support the proposal as a very good approach based on principles of compassion and respect, thorough research and sound arguments. In the media release that DwDTas put out at the time of the launch, the President, Margaret Sing, commended the Premier and Nick McKim on the consultation paper because of its valuable contribution to a well-informed, rational debate on the issue of voluntary assisted dying law reform.
DwDTas has also prepared a very brief summary of what is being proposed and a response form that will enable you to quickly and easily support the proposal and if you wish comment further on it or on some key issues. There is more information and comment in our February newsletter about the proposal and key issues.We will also be adding much more information to the website in the next few weeks and we now have a Facebook page for you to contribute to the conversation and to spread the information to your friends.
We will be doing our best to have publicly advertised information sessions around the State about the proposal and to help people respond. The Hobart one has been organised for 2 March, 1.30 – 3.30 pm at the Glenorchy Library. Please contact us if you would like a session run in your area or for a group that you are involved in.