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Landmark Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation To Be Introduced In WA

The state government has announced it will introduce legislation to legalise voluntary assisted dying in Western Australia into parliament at a press conference on Tuesday.

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 will “recognise the importance of giving people genuine choice and autonomy over their decision making and will allow eligible people at the end of their life to access voluntary assisted dying.”

The legislation includes 102 safeguards with measures to assess a person’s capacity as well as strict eligibility conditions.

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Premier Mark McGowan said: “The introduction of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has been a culmination of lengthy and comprehensive consultation on the issue and represents practical policy to ensure the specific needs of the WA community are addressed. I thank everyone for their involvement.

“Many people across the community who have had their parents or loved one pass away in agony want something done, and that’s what this is about.”

It comes after Victoria legalised VAD earlier this year.

More to come.