New South Wales ready for October debate on euthanasia bill | Review of northern beaches


A voluntary euthanasia bill will be presented to the New South Wales parliament next month, which would allow terminally ill residents who have six months or less to live to die on their own terms.

Independent MP Alex Greenwich said he would bring the bill to Parliament in October after consulting with regulators and the health and elderly care sectors.

NSW is the only Australian state that does not have laws on voluntary assistance in dying. Federal law prohibits the ACT and the Northern Territory from making such laws.

Amendments accepted by Mr Greenwich include the notification of residential care providers for the elderly and the transfer of the review process to the Supreme Court of NSW.

“I am absolutely committed to getting it right, which is why this revised bill builds on best practices in Australia and abroad, as well as solid stakeholder consultation,” said Mr. Greenwich in a statement Monday.

“I am convinced that this bill provides the safest framework for people who are in the late stages of a terminal illness and whose pain and suffering have become unbearable, to seek help to end to their suffering peacefully, with dignity and surrounded by the people they love. . “

The bill would limit access to voluntary assisted dying in New South Wales to people with terminal illnesses who die within six months.

If they have a neurodegenerative disease and experience unbearable suffering, this will be extended to 12 months.

No hospital, establishment or doctor would be forced to participate.

But two doctors would have to sign the request and they would be trained to look for signs of coercion, Mr Greenwich said.

Members of Labor, Nationals, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party and One Nation will have the right to vote in good conscience.

The Liberal Party has yet to define its position, but Transport Minister Andrew Constance is backing a vote of conscience.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has already expressed her opposition to voluntary assistance in dying, as has Opposition Leader Chris Minns.

Queensland passed a law on voluntary assistance in dying in a mindfulness vote this month, with the program set to go into effect from 2023.

A survey by National Seniors Australia of 3,500 people in August found that more than 85% were either supportive or strongly supportive, giving people with terminal illness a chance to end their life.

Associated Australian Press

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