Tasmania moves a step closer to euthanasia

The new bill is the fourth attempt at euthanasia legislation in Tasmania (Supplied)

The latest attempt to introduce euthanasia in Tasmania continues, with the release of a final consultation bill on the issue. Source: The Mercury.

By Cameron Whiteley, The Mercury

MLC Mike Gaffney, who is expected to table the finalised bill in Parliament later this year, has released a 122-page document for further feedback.

Mr Gaffney has been consulting on the draft bill since January, including running public forums across the state to explain the proposed legislation to communities.

It is the fourth attempt at euthanasia legislation in Tasmania.

Previous attempts at similar laws in 2009, 2013 and 2016 were foiled after they failed to pass through the House of Assembly.

This time, Mr Gaffney will introduce the voluntary assisted dying legislation to the Legislative Council as a private member’s bill.

He said several changes had been made to improve the bill, including adding the capacity for a person who has six months to live, or 12 months to live (if suffering from motor neurone disease) to privately administer VAD substance without the assistance of a health professional.

Mr Gaffney said feedback was encouraged until July 3, and he expected to table the bill in August.

The bill has been backed by Dying with Dignity Tasmania, which said it offered people choice on end-of-life decisions, but Church leaders said legalising euthanasia would be in contradiction to the value of protecting human life.

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The finalised bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament later this year (The Mercury)

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