What is euthanasia?
What is assisted suicide?
Why we oppose it
Why now in Victoria
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Why now in Victoria
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Why is it legal in Victoria?
In 2015, the Victorian Parliament's Legislative Council referred the issue of end of life care to one of their committees. The (Legal and Social Affairs) Committee then established an
Inquiry into End of Life Choices
which ran from 2015-16, issuing a
in 2016. Despite many good recommendations, the final recommendation, proposed 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 physician assisted suicide and euthanasia in Victoria.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill was introduced by the Victorian Government and passed by the Victorian Parliament in 2017. On 19 June 2019, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act comes into effect, allowing for physician assisted suicide and euthanasia in the State of Victoria.
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
Submission by Catholic Social Services Victoria
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 MAP Final Report
Statement by Mercy Health Australia on the MAP Final Report
Statement by St Vincent's Health Australia on the MAP Final Report
Statement by Cabrini Health rejecting the proposal for doctor assisted suicide
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
For responses to the passage of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill see:
Statement by Archbishop Denis Hart on the passage of the VAD Bill
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