/ 24 March 2021

Tassie passes voluntary assisted dying laws

And it becomes the 3rd state to give eligible citizens suffering from advanced, incurable and irreversible conditions the right to choose to end their life after Victoria and Western Oz. Like those programs, there are strict criteria people must meet before they can qualify to access the scheme, including that they are expected to die within 6 months from a terminal illness. It was the 4th time Tassie MPs have attempted to legalise a voluntary assisted dying scheme for the state after failed attempts in 2009, 2013 and 2017, and it will be 18 months before the scheme commences. Earlier this month, Premier Peter Gutwein described the bill’s passage through the Legislative Council as “parliament at its best”.

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