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Why now in Victoria?

The Victorian Legislative Council referred the issue of end of life care to the Legal & Social Affairs Committee in 2015. The Committee established an Inquiry into End of Life Choices which ran from 2015-16, issuing a Final Report in 2016. Despite many good recommendations, the final one recommended a framework of legalised physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.
 
At the end of 2016, the Victorian Government announced their response to the Inquiry and their intention to legislate for euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.

A Ministerial Advisory Panel was set up in 2017 to advise the Government on the issue. The Panel issued a final report in July 2017, providing a suggested framework for legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia in Victoria. A bill is expected to be introduced into the Victorian Parliament in August 2017.

Resources

When Life is Ending

Real love, care & compassion