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Thank you for what you've done for end-of-life choices this year

This year has tested us all. But we’re ending 2020 on a high note thanks to all we have done together for better end-of-life choices.

Law reform does not happen in a vacuum; it is a response to a consistent call for change and, clearly, our legislators are paying attention.

2021 is shaping up as a watershed year for voluntary assisted dying laws, with no fewer than three States – Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland – considering legislation. A fourth, NSW, has a private members’ bill in the works. And Tara Cheyne (the ACT’s newly minted Minister for Human Rights) is working on ensuring the ACT and Northern Territory win back their right to debate and enact VAD laws for themselves.

To all of you who have contacted your political representatives this year and in previous years to urge them to back VAD laws: thank you!

Your persistence sent a clear message to our elected representatives that this is an issue whose time has come. We encourage you to continue to contact your MPs to ask them to support the bills currently before parliament and, importantly, to act on the Territories’ rights.

There has never been such momentum for change. As this year ends, we want to thank you for the support you’ve given to advancing end-of-life rights. It is because of you that we have been able to achieve so much.

On behalf of the Go Gentle Australia team, we wish you a safe and happy festive season. Our office will be closed from 21 December until 6 January, but we look forward to connecting with you again early in the new year.

Warm regards,

Kiki Paul

Here’s a look back on 2020:

Emphatic support for Tassie VAD bill

Tasmania made history with the House of Assembly voting 17 to seven to send the End of Life Choice Bill to a third reading.


Queensland to see VAD legislation by mid-2021

Queensland Labor’s election win paved the way for debate on a VAD bill by mid-year.



South Australia MPs table VAD bill

MPs Kyam Maher and Susan Close pushed ahead, tabling a private member’s bill in parliament.



NSW set to debate VAD

Independent MP Alex Greenwich announced plans to introduce legislation and called on cross party support for the bill.


First year of Victoria’s VAD law

The anniversary of Victoria’s landmark Voluntary Assisted Dying scheme showed it was working safely and as intended.



NZ votes

NZ referendum win

Voters in New Zealand overwhelmingly supported the enactment of legal voluntary assisted dying.




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