Australia to consider voluntary euthanasia laws

Australia to consider voluntary euthanasia laws

Australia to consider voluntary euthanasia laws

"After two and a half years of hard work and consideration by so many in our Parliament, the passing of the bill will finally give Victorians more control, compassion and support at the end of their lives", Andrews said.

"This is a day that I'm very proud to have made this reform and to have led a team that has delivered the sort of leadership that all Victorians can be proud of", Mr Andrews told reporters outside the parliament.

But doctor-assisted dying will not be available until mid-2019, with an implementation panel to be created to design the finer details of the scheme.

The legislation, to come into effect in June 2019, will make it legal for any resident of the southeastern state with a terminal illness and with less than six months to live to request a lethal dose of medication.

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"I hope the implementation of this bill really does start to give people some hope and some compassion that a good death will in fact be possible for people who are enduring hard end of lives", said state Health Minister Jill Hennessy.

The bill passed through the Upper House with a small majority of 22 to 18 last week, while the Lower House approved the bill with a 47 to 37 majority.

Under the legislation, Victorians with a terminal illness will be able to obtain a lethal drug within 10 days of asking to die, after completing a three-step process involving two independent medical assessments.

His move, similar to that of Deputy Premier James Merlino when the bill was first in the Assembly, failed.

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They must be over the age of 18, of sound mind, have lived in Victoria for at least 12 months and be suffering in a way that "cannot be relieved in a manner the person deems tolerable".

And there are already calls for the law to be repealed.

Since then, the Victorian legislation marks the first time in the world that a parliament has gone through an extensive process to introduce voluntary assisted dying, with other countries introducing laws through referendum or a court process.

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke welcomed Victoria's move, but objected to its conservatism.

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