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Ask your WA MP to support a Government bill

On 23 August, the report of the Western Australian Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices was tabled in both House of Parliament.

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Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying law isn’t on a slippery slope

This week the Australian Senate will debate a private members' bill that will consider whether to overturn the 21-year-old Euthanasia Laws Act that nullified the ability of Australian self-governing territories to pass legislation in relation to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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Assisted dying is not suicide

Suicide is a tragic result of untreated, reversible diseases such as depression or addiction. Suicidal patients want to end their lives as a result of impaired cognition and deficiencies of impulse control. They are most often alone and may use violent means.The untimely deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have shone a spotlight on the suicide crisis our country faces. However, it is important to differentiate the act of committing suicide from medical aid in dying.

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Victoria becomes the first State to legalise VAD

Victoria has become the first state in the country to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill, with MPs voting to give patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives from mid-2019.

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Transcript: Dr Brian Owler's NPC Address

On 12 October 2017 Dr Brian Owler, Chair of the Victorian Expert Ministerial Advisory Panel, addressed the National Press Club of Australia on the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation in Victoria.

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Rose's story

Today Tonight Adelaide on Channel 7 nails it on how the legislators have failed us on voluntary assisted dying. Watch one woman's story. Astonishing.

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Read: Marshall Perron's 1995 Northern Territory Speech

21 years ago, then-Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Marshall Perron delivered this speech to NT Parliament in the closing of debate on the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill, which he introduced. The Bill was passed in 1996, and the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act became the first voluntary euthanasia law in the world. The Howard Government overturned the Bill a year later, and revoked the right of the territories to pass such a law again.

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Watch: "Governor Jerry Brown's Change Of Heart"

In October 2015, Californian Governor Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, signed off on a voluntary euthanasia law after spending days questioning his moral position. The story of a young woman, Brittany Maynard, helped with this decision.

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In Memory of Kylie Monaghan

Kylie Monaghan passed away yesterday, October 8, after a long and brave battle with cancer. We have been privileged to know and to work with Kylie as she dedicated the last days and weeks of her life to the goal of having her home state of South Australia introduce voluntary euthanasia laws.

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Transcript: Andrew Denton's NPC Address

On August 10, Go Gentle Australia co-director Andrew Denton addressed the National Press Club of Australia on the topic The Damage Done: The Price Our Community Pays Without A Law For Assisted Dying.

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