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Parliament to consider national 'dying with dignity' laws



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Dr Richard Di Natale Greens Senator for Victoria

24/06/2013

Parliament to consider national ‘dying with dignity’ laws

Australian Greens spokesperson health and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today tabled an exposure draft for national ‘dying with dignity’ legislation in the Senate. The Senate then passed a motion to have that bill considered by a Senate Inquiry.

“It can be hard to talk about death but it’s time we put dying with dignity laws firmly on the national agenda,” said Dr Di Natale.

“Today I have tabled an exposure draft of a bill that would give terminal patients around the country control over the manner and timing of their death. I have referred the bill to a Senate Inquiry so that my colleagues in parliament have the opportunity to hear the personal stories of individuals who are facing the end of their lives and would be comforted just by having the option of doing so on their own terms.

“Earlier today I co-hosted a morning tea where three terminally ill patients had the opportunity to make the case for reform to MPs from all sides of politics. I was inspired by the stories of those courageous individuals and encouraged by the support from representatives of the other parties.

“This is not a partisan issue. I hope to build a coalition of support across the parliament so that when the final legislation gets formally introduced in the parliament it has co-sponsors from all parties.”

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More information about the bill and the inquiry, including the full text of the exposure draft, can be accessed at: http://richard-di-natale.greensmps.org.au/campaigns/dying-dignity

Media Contact: Andrew Blyberg 0457 901 600