State update

The Queensland Premier announced a Parliamentary Inquiry in September 2018. Reporting date will be November 2019. (Terms of Reference etc here.) A recent poll commissioned by the Clem Jones Trust showed majority public support for law reform.      (Nov 2018)

Hon Kyam Maher, Shadow Attorney General, introduced a motion to establish a Joint Select Committee on Voluntary Assisted Dying in March 2019. (see speech here) The Parliament established the Joint Committee on End of Life Choices in April 2019. The Committee has commenced hearings and is reviewing submissions (received by Friday August 2, 2019). See details here.   (Sept 2019)

A Bill tabled by Nationals MLC Trevor Khan in the NSW Upper House in 2017 was defeated, 20 to 19.     (Sept 2018)

The last Bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying in the Tasmanian Parliament was defeated in May 2016. This was the third Bill defeated by the Tasmanian Parliament in the last 10 years. Discussions are proceeding on a future model for achieving end of life choice in Tasmania.    (Sept 2018)

The Victorian Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in November 2017. Regulations, policies, operating guidelines and training have been developed and implemented.  The Act came into effect on June 19, 2019. The first report of the VAD Review Board was tabled in August.  (Sept 2019)

The Speakers of the ACT and NT Parliaments petitioned the Senate President in August to restore Territory rights. This followed the earlier defeat of the Leyonhjelm Bill to repeal the Act which prevents Territories legislating for voluntary assisted dying (known as the Andrews Bill).    (Sept 2018)

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (introduced August 2019 available here) passed the House of Assembly on 24.9.19, with a majority of 45 to 11. A (see report on debate) Debate in the Legislative Council is proceeding. WA Parliament conducted a year long Parliamentary Inquiry, followed by an Expert Panel which advised on the detail of the legislation. The Panel included Dr Roger Hunt, SA Palliative Care Physician, who was also a member of the Victorian Government's Expert Panel. The WA Parliament released the report of the Inquiry into End of Life Choices in August 2018. The Inquiry Report recommended the introduction of voluntary assisted dying in WA.  (report available here.)   (Oct 2019)

Representatives from the NT Government and Opposition supported a petition to the Senate President to restore Territory rights. The NT Speaker, and government and opposition MPs, travelled to Canberra in August to present the remonstrance motion.    (Sept 2018)

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