WA’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 passed the state’s lower house with an overwhelming majority of 45/11 on Tuesday 24 September.
After 70 hours of debate including one of the longest sittings the WA Parliament has seen in decades, the vote in the Labor-dominated house was as expected.
Devastatingly, several attempts to amend the WA bill to include safeguards contained in the Victorian legislation were voted down by the Government.
As it stands, the WA proposal would give terminally ill West Australian adults likely to die within six months the right to access voluntary euthanasia.
Any two doctors can sign off on a death on demand – they can be co-workers, and neither are required to have expertise in the sickness the terminally ill person is suffering from. There is no requirement for a mandatory psychiatric assessment.
Yet Premier McGowan has said, “This bill does not require amendment … it is a safe and very conservative regime.”
Thanks to the support of people like you, HOPE was in Perth during the debate meeting with various MPs and presenting the case for life.
We joined with hundreds of people rallying on the steps of parliament to protect the vulnerable.
And HOPE continues to email Western Australian MPs weekly, proffering different arguments against death on demand.
But now that the bill is in the Upper House, you and I are focusing all our campaign efforts on the debate that is happening.
Labor is hoping the Upper House will reach a final vote by the end of the year.
It’s anticipated that the outcome in the Legislative Council will be much tighter given neither of the major parties have a majority and both rely heavily on the crossbench for support.
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