Compassion and respect


Latest newsletter now available

The August 2017 newsletter is now available. It contains important information about our AGM on 22 August and invites nominations for all positions.  Please come along and add your voice to the discussion about plans for the State election and the next Bill. 18 August is another

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Thank you to everyone for your support

Thank you to everyone for your support following the defeat of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill last week.  And for making clear your views about the behaviour of the 16 politicians who turned their backs on compassion and respect for their fellow Tasmanians – who failed to

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Devastating defeat of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill on 24 May

We’re devastated – and angry – this morning at the defeat of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, 8 votes to 16 yesterday. Our rally attracted over 400 people – more on that later. Lara Giddings and Cassy O’Connor did a magnificent job in putting the case for compassion

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If you haven’t yet done so, ask your MP to please vote for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Time is getting short before the debate on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2016  in the House of Assembly tomorrow, 24 May.  And our rally between 1 and 2 in the Parliament Gardens. The strategies of opponents  – yes, the same ones as always – are as obvious

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No, it isn’t true that voluntary assisted dying laws cause more suicides

This is an excellent article by Neil Francis refuting claims by Professor Margaret Somerville (remember her on Q&A?) that suicides have increased in places with voluntary assisted dying laws.  Just another fear-mongering furphy in the increasingly desperate political campaign against Bills like the Tasmanian one coming up for

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Radio ads for debate and rally on 24 May

We’ve added a new section of the website – Show your support for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill on 24 May. You’ll find the radio ads there that are running on three stations encouraging people to come to the rally.  Hope you will too!

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NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill released 16 May

A draft NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill was released yesterday for public consultation by a cross-party group of MPs.  The campaign for the Bill has started with a petition featuring a video by Annie who knows only too well the need for the legislation.  She has Motor

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Family takes legal action over what they claim was “senseless torture”

Legal action is being taken in Texas, in the US, on behalf of a family who claim that their mother was subjected to “senseless torture … for over 10 days” and the healthcare providers failed to act in accordance with her advance care directive.  Read more … There are

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Passing the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill would be a fitting tribute to Lara

The passing of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill would be a fitting tribute to the commitment and efforts that Lara Giddings has put into the Bill for many years particularly the last five. She will leave Parliament at the next election and we wish her all the

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Another example confirming the approach taken in the Tasmanian Bill

Julia Lamb’s story from Canada is a very good example of why the Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill allows access to a doctor’s help for people in a situation like hers. That is, for people in the advanced stages of a serious incurable and irreversible medical condition

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