/ 14 October 2021

NSW has another go at assisted dying laws

Image source: Law Society Journal
Image source: Law Society Journal

It’s the only Aussie state to not have assisted dying laws, but that could change with a bill being introduced into the NSW Parliament today. Drafted by independent MP Alex Greenwich, it’s proposed that adults with a terminal illness or neurodegenerative disease will have the option to end their own life with support from medical professionals. It isn’t NSW’s first attempt to pass such laws, but 30 politicians are co-sponsoring the bill, giving it more support out of the gates than similar bills have had in any state. There are, of course, those who are opposed to it, like prominent Christian values MP Reverend Fred Nile is one of those key voices. But those in favour say it has the proper safeguards. Premier Dominic Perrottet and Labor leader Chris Minns oppose the bill, but they will allow their party members to exercise a conscience vote. #SquizShortcuts

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