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Momentous Day – tabling of the Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Today has been an exciting day with the momentous tabling of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013 in the Tasmanian House of Assembly.  It was done jointly by the Premier, Lara Giddings, and the Leader of the Greens, Nick McKim, as a Private Members Bill.  The debate will probably occur on 15 October.

Marshall Perron and Margaret Sing, President of Dying with Dignity Tasmania, have been  involved in the media conference after the tabling and done a number of other interviews.  Another one to be on ABC Drive after 5 pm today.

In the next few days we’ll put a summary of the Bill on the website.  We will be urging all members of the Tasmanian Parliament to consider the Bill carefully before making up their minds.  We know how much work has gone into the Bill – thorough research and long, careful consideration of how to improve on overseas legislation and make this law suitable for the Tasmanian situation.

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  1. Before this Bill was finalised, the public were invited to answer a number of questions and also to make comments.
    The following is a copy of the comments I made at that time, which may be of interest.

    I wish to support this type of legislation and believe it will
    be of benefit to the majority of the community as follows:
    1. Those who wish to take advantage of the procedure
    even though the numbers are likely to be small.
    2. Providing peace of mind to all those who may be
    concerned as to what lies ahead of them as they
    grow older, even though they never find it necessary to
    utilise the facility of an assisted death.

    During recent times it has been interesting to note the tactics of
    groups and individuals who oppose voluntary euthanasia.
    The Human Life Protection Society advertises regularly and never
    mention “voluntary” . They also claim palliative care is adequate
    for all, which is a nonsense.
    Others have used emotive terms such as “murder” and “killing” in an
    effort to bolster their claims and make up for lack of valid reasoning
    in their argument.

    It is my personal view that an assisted death should be made available
    to anyone over the age of say 75 who feels that they have “had enough”, for whatever reason. In such cases a document of intent could be registered and a cooling off period required (perhaps 12 months)before any further action could be initiated.

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