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.