A Model Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill
Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity. 7, 2, p. 1-47 47 p., 2019
50 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2020
Date Written: 2019
Voluntary assisted dying is a vexed and contested issue. Despite this complexity, over recent years there has been a shift in the national debate as successive governments put the issue of voluntary assisted dying on the political agenda. Reform is likely to be a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’. As such, it is imperative now to consider carefully what shape reform should take rather than uncritically adopt the legislative model recently passed by the Victorian Government. In an attempt to widen the Australian debate, the authors offer this Bill and its Explanatory Notes for consideration. Since finalising the manuscript, the authors also note that the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 was passed by the Western Australian Parliament.
Keywords: voluntary assisted dying, assisted dying, assisted death, physician assisted death, health law, medical law, end-of-life law, end-of-life decisions, end-of-life decision-making
JEL Classification: K10, K32, I10, I18
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