The End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020 was tabled in the Legislative Council on Thursday 27 August 20. The bill was passed in the Upper House unanimously on 10 November 2020.
It should be noted that on the 4 December 2020 a vote was taken on the principal of the bill in the lower house 17 for and 7 against but with the Speaker also indicating she was infavour of the bill which would mean it was 18 for and 7 against.
The lower house debate will continue on 2 March 2021, and may be livestreamed through the Parliament Website, at the following link:
I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to the individuals and families who have contributed to ‘Voluntary Assisted Dying – Tasmanian Perspectives’, a document tabled on Tuesday 25 August 20, and provided to Legislative Council and House of Assembly Members.
I cannot thank them enough for their bravery and willingness to share honest, loving and at times raw accounts of their experiences of caring for and saying goodbye to loved ones, living with a debilitating illness, or their reflections on what the implementation of the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020 will mean for the people of Tasmania.
Mike Gaffney MLC