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4. It shouldn't be a crime for a doctor to help a dying patient die peacefully.

Answer

As the cross-party inquiries found, Australian doctors already practice unlawful assisted dying, but they do so...

'without regulation, support, transparency or accountability'

For those doctors currently faced with the agonising choice of helping a patient to die and breaking the law – or abiding by the law and leaving that patient to die with great suffering – a Voluntary Assisted Dying law provides protection. More than protection, it provides guidance and the opportunity to consult with colleagues and also the family of the person who is dying.