TASMANIAN EDITORIAL COMMITTEE
Voluntary Assisted Dying
Voluntary assisted dying is once again on the law reform agenda in Tasmania with the release of a consultation paper co-sponsored by Premier Lara Giddings and Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim. The paper entitled Voluntary Assisted Dying — A Proposal for Tasmania puts forward a model that, in the author’s opinion, will provide safeguards against abuse and meet the expectations of the community. Under the proposed model, voluntary assisted dying will only be available to Tasmanian residents who have given verbal and written consent and have been assessed by two doctors. Controversially, the proposed model is restricted to those suffering from a ‘terminal illness’. Some respondents to the paper have argued that the reform does not go far enough with Community Legal Centres Tasmania arguing that all patients with a debilitating or progressive illness should also be eligible for voluntary assisted dying. Responses to the consultation process have closed and will assist in the formation of a draft Bill likely to be tabled later this year.
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- Category: DUAO - 2013 - Vol 38(2)