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Three years of choice in Victoria

This week marks three years since Voluntary Assisted Dying commenced operation in Victoria. In that time more than 300 dying people have been allowed a humane and compassionate choice at the end of life. 

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Farewell Nia Sims

Politics is not just about who has power. It’s about who turns up. Voluntary assisted dying campaigner Nia Sims always turned up. And she helped change our world for the better, writes Andrew Denton.

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NSW passes Voluntary Assisted Dying bill

The NSW Parliament has made history in passing the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021. NSW now joins every other Australian state in allowing terminally ill people the choice to request medical assistance to end their suffering.

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NSW voters reject moves to limit aged care residents' access to VAD

Three quarters (75%) of NSW voters say they do not support a bid by religious health care providers to ban access to Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) in aged care facilities they run.

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'Dogma should never trump compassion'

Lord George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, has written an open letter to NSW MPs urging them to back the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021.

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One step closer to assisted dying law in NSW

The Upper House has voted to send the Voluntary Assisted Dying bill to a final reading. NSW is now a significant step closer to joining every other state in allowing end-of-life choice.

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No more delays to NSW VAD debate

More than 150 people rallied outside NSW parliament to urge the Upper House to prioritise debate on the Voluntary Assisted Dying bill, saying too many people had already died waiting.

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Why you should sign the latest VAD petition

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been asking you to sign a petition to NSW Parliament in support of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) - yes that’s right, another petition!

If you were one of the 100,000 who signed Dying with Dignity NSW’s petition last year, you may well be asking why another one, and why so soon? 

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NSW VAD bill introduced to Upper House

After passing the NSW Parliament Lower House with a thumping majority in November 2021, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has now proceeded to the Upper House. 

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NSW VAD Inquiry released, now allow time for debate

The NSW Parliament's Upper House Standing Committee on Law and Justice has handed down its inquiry report into the provisions of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021. We welcome the report - but for the bill to move forward, sufficient parliamentary time must now be allocated for debate.

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