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Victoria inquiry into assisted suicide

08 May 2015 by News Desk

victoria-parliamentVictoria’s parliament in Australia is to launch an inquiry into end of life issues such as assisted suicide and palliative care.

The upper house decided on the action this week after a failed bid to hand the task to the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

“Recent end-of-life debates in the Victorian Parliament have focused solely upon euthanasia and assisted suicide. However, such debate is not central to the provision of care to the dying and never will be,” said Rachel Carling-Jenkins, Member for Western Metropolitan

Greens, Labour and Liberal MPs joined the Sex Party, the Shooters and Fishers, and the Democratic Labour Party to vote for the motion. “Voluntary euthanasia is at the heart of any inquiry into end-of-life choices, and we are proud to have delivered this significant step forward,” Green MP Colleen Hartland said.

The inquiry will deliver a report back to the parliament by the end of March next year.

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