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Think Voluntary Assisted Dying Law Reform before you vote!

In the Tasmanian State election on Saturday 15 March, there are candidates standing who support voluntary assisted dying law reform.  To take this into account before deciding on your vote, look at the information in our Special Newsletter. Members of Parliament will have an individual ‘conscience’ vote

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Season’s Greetings

A very happy Christmas and New Year to all our members and supporters.  2014 is shaping up as another busy year to build on the significant advance towards voluntary assisted dying law reform made in 2013, starting with action related to the State election in March (?).

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So close – vote lost by one vote.

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013 was defeated in the Tasmanian House of Assembly tonight, effectively 13 votes to 12. The formal vote will be regarded as 13-11, because the Speaker, Michael Polley, came into the House at the very last minute in order to vote against the Bill

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Debate on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Keep up your expressions of support for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013 – still some hours to go! The debate on the Bill will continue later today, probably after 3.00 but uncertain at present (webcast ). Send a message to these MPs –  Adam Brooks, Mark Shelton and Elise Archer

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National interest in the debate

National interest in the debate

There is a huge amount of national interest in the debate on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill tomorrow, as you would expect when this kind of law reform has the support of over 80% of the population nationally. SBS Insight program and ABC 24 TV have just

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What do Tasmanian doctors think of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013?

What do Tasmanian doctors think of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013?

What do Tasmanian doctors think of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013? The simple and accurate answer is – nobody knows. There are plenty of opinions but all based on anecdotal and inadequate evidence.  In the debate tomorrow (16 October), no-one will be able to say with any

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URGENT Make your support known, Bill to be debated on Wednesday 16 October

URGENT Make your support known, Bill to be debated on Wednesday 16 October

If you haven’t already done so make House of Assembly MPs aware of your support for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.  It will be debated on Wednesday 16 October, from 4.00 pm we understand.  If you can’t get there you can watch or listen to a webcast

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Special newsletter – please act NOW to help get the legislation passed

Special newsletter – please act NOW to help get the legislation passed

Our special October newsletter is now available HERE.  It provides a summary of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013 and the details of our new opinion poll.  It showed not only that 80% agree with the need to change the law to provide assisted dying, but 62%

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Fear-mongering well and truly underway

Fear-mongering well and truly underway

True to form, the opponents of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill are trotting out the same fallacious claims used in every campaign against similar legislation and the same lack of respect for people’s right to make their own choices according to their own beliefs and values. One

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So the current system is “perfectly acceptable” is it Mr Abbott?

So the current system is “perfectly acceptable” is it Mr Abbott?

What is it about our members of Parliament that they find terrible end of life suffering acceptable and even, in Tony Abbott’s words reported this morning, “perfectly acceptable”? Anyone with any doubts about how unacceptable our current system is, how callous, inhumane and utterly without respect for

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