What is euthanasia?
What is assisted suicide?
Why we oppose it
Why now in Victoria
Myth versus reality
Why now in Victoria
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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
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
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.
For responses to the End of Life Choices Inquiry see:
Submission by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
Submission by the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference
Submission by Catholic Health Australia
Minority Report by Daniel Mulino MP
For responses to the work of the Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) see:
Response by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to the MAP Discussion Paper
Response by Catholic Health Australia to the MAP Discussion Paper
Response by Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics to the MAP Discussion Paper
Statement by Archbishop Hart on the Ministerial Advisory Panel's Final Report
For the reports of the Ministerial Advisory Panel see:
Interim Report of the Ministerial Advisory Panel
Ministerial Advisory Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying: Final Report
When Life is Ending
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