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Labor welcomes historic passage of VAD Bill

  • House of Assembly passes second reading of VAD Bill
  • Labor applauds compassion demonstrated by Tasmanian Parliament
  • Bill delivers freedom of choice for Tasmanians

Tasmanian Labor has welcomed the passage through the second reading of the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020 as a historic day in the Tasmanian Parliament.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the Bill’s passage in the House of Assembly today is a win for compassion.

“As a matter of principle, Tasmanian Labor believes in a compassionate society that affords freedom of choice to people at the end of life and respects their wish for a peaceful death,” Ms White said.

“That’s why today is such an important and historic day for the state.

“The Premier Peter Gutwein has given a commitment that the Bill will be the first order of business when the House of Assembly resumes sitting in 2021.

“We look forward to finalising this legislation and giving the community voluntary assisted dying laws that are cohesive, patient-focussed and evidence-based.

“This sensitive debate has been conducted with civility, decency, respect and genuine engagement, and the focus has been on the needs of terminally ill Tasmanians. I thank everyone who has taken the time to share their views and personal stories.”

Rebecca White MP
Labor Leader