Victorian end of life inquiry - act now!

Update: submissions have now been extended to Monday 31 August 2015.

On 7 May 2015 Gavin Jennings MLC passed a motion that the Victorian Legal and Social Issues Committee launch an “Inquiry into End of Life Choices”. The terms of reference are:

“This house requires the legal and social issues committee to inquire into, consider and report, no later than 31 May 2016, on the need for laws in Victoria to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end-of-life choices, and in particular the committee should -

(1) Assess the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end-of-life, including the role of palliative care.
(2) Review the current framework of legislation, proposed legislation and other relevant reports and materials in other Australian states and territories and overseas jurisdictions, and
(3) Consider what types of legislative change may be required, including an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation.”



United Nations day for victims of torture

Today Friday 26th June is United Nations Day for Victims of Torture. We must keep on speaking up against torture, for all people including unborn children.


Scottish euthanasia bill voted down

Good news from Scotland!

The Scottish Parliament has voted down by an overwhelming majority an assisted suicide bill.

The vote was 82 – 36.


“End-of-life choices” submissions 5 days to go

The Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Legislative Council is inviting Victorians to make a submission to the Inquiry into "End of Life Choices".  Make your views known. Details are as follows.


Hard cases make bad law

Dr. Rodney Syme is publicising yet another sad and sorry case in his attempt to have assisted suicide and euthanasia legalised. Ray Godbold’s “existential despair” cannot justify changing our prohibition against killing another person. Are requests for assisted suicide truly autonomous, truly free, informed and considered or can they be the result of depression, or a sense of being worthless, or a burden to others, or pressure from relatives, or inability to afford medical treatment?


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