Euthanasia laws introduced in Vic

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 21, 2017

Premier Daniel Andrews said Victoria's right-to-die regime would be strictly "self administered" with 68 "safeguards" built into the legislation and new criminal offences created in an effort to protect vulnerable people from abuse.

More details of Victoria's assisted dying laws are expected to be revealed, with the bill to be read in parliament.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy introduced the bill on Wednesday and is expected to give her speech pushing the changes on Thursday.

The Premier's office said that its model for voluntary assisted dying is one of the safest and most conservative schemes to be proposed in the world. Should the laws pass, an additional 18-month implementation period will follow to accommodate the training and set up requirements of the scheme. The government has announced it allow a conscience vote on the new laws before the end of 2017. The law prevents a doctor's administration unless a person can not physically administer or digest the medication themselves.

"If there is a self-administration permit and a doctor or another person acts in contravention of those permits by, for example, applying this medication themselves, there are severe penalties, up to and including life imprisonment", Attorney-General Martin Pakula said.

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