Welcome to SAVES
SAVES was established in 1983 to campaign for legal voluntary euthanasia and is staffed entirely by volunteers.
A majority of Australians have consistently supported voluntary euthanasia. In a 2012 NewsPoll, 82.5% of Australians supported the choice of voluntary euthanasia for a person with unrelievable suffering.
Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2016
The Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2016 was tabled in the House of Assembly of the South Australian Parliament by Hon Steph Key, MP, Labor Member for Ashford. The Bill was seconded by Dr Duncan McFetridge, Liberal Member for Morphett. The Second Reading speech outlining the intent of the Bill was delivered on 11 February 2016.
The Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2016 would give people with unbearable and hopeless suffering the right to medical assistance in dying, either through self administration or physician administration. The Bill would allow for a person who determined that there suffering was no longer bearable to ask for assistance to die. Two doctors would need to confirm that there were no further treatments acceptable to the person which could make their suffering bearable, ie, their condition would now be defined as “hopeless”. The request would need to be witnessed by independent witnesses, a referral to a psychiatrist would be required if either doctor suspected a person was not of sound mind, or was under any type of pressure to request assistance to die, and a delay of 48 hours would be needed after the request was finalised.
The Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2016 has been debated on three further occasions, with a total of ten speakers for the Bill and two speakers against. Hansard for the three debates is provided here – 10 March 2016, 14 April 2016, 9 June 2016. Each speaker is allowed up to 10 minutes to speak, with the House of Assembly allocating a total of one hour, on the Thursday of each sitting week, for debate of all Private Member’s Bills.
Speakers for the 2016 Bill
Hon Steph Key, Member for Ashford (Labor)
Dr Duncan McFetridge, Member for Morphett (Liberal)
Troy Bell, Member for Mt Gambier (Liberal)
Frances Bedford, Member for Florey (Labor)
Hon Paul Caica, Member for Colton (Labor)
Nat Cook, Member for Fisher (Labor)
Isobel Redmond, Member for Heysen (Liberal)
Rachel Sanderson, Member for Adelaide (Liberal)
Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier and Member for Cheltenham (Labor)
Eddie Hughes, Member for Giles (Labor)
Speakers against the 2016 Bill
Adrian Pederick, Member for Hammond (Liberal)
Vincent Tarzia, Member fort Hartley (Liberal)
Debate is adjourned to Thursday September 29.
Andrew Denton and GoGentleAustralia
Television producer, presenter, writer and comedian Andrew Denton has launched a campaign in support of legal assisted dying in Australia. Andrew’s profile, presence and skills are a welcome addition to the national campaign. His speeches, panel performances and arguments in support of voluntary euthanasia have provided a major stimulus to media interest in the debate and invigorated the campaign. Andrew and his team have created a website in support of the campaign, Go Gentle Australia, which provides facts, evidence, interviews, testimonials and inspiring resources in a dynamic and user friendly format.
The http://www.gogentleaustralia.org.au/ website is a major resource for the campaign and will provide continually up dated information for use by all participants in the debate.
For example, listen to Kylie Monaghan’s story and send your personalised copy of the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill to all 69 South Australian Members of Parliament, using BeTheBill. Listen also to nurse Anne Maxwell’s compelling story.
The recent launch of The Damage Done, an ebook documenting 150 stories from people who have suffered at the end of life, their families, doctors, nurses, carers and friends, provides an unarguable insight into why assisted dying legislation is needed in Australia.
The Damage Done was launched at the National Press Club on August 10. Andrew’s inspiring address is available here.
In 2015 Andrew and his team produced a series of 17 podcasts for The Wheeler Centre, titled Better Off Dead, which highlight the arguments for and against voluntary euthanasia. The series was the culmination of interviews in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Oregon in 2015.
Professionals and other citizens support for Voluntary Euthanasia
Nurses, Doctors, Christians, Young People, People with Disabilities and Lawyers, people from a broad cross section of the community have established organisations and networks in support of the legal right to voluntary euthanasia.
People with Disabilities: https://www.facebook.com/MY-BODY-MY-Choice-VE-350165335178263/
Young People: https://www.facebook.com/groups/261738790597072
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