Euthanasia to become law in Tasmania in 2022

Premier Peter Gutwein promised the Catholic health sector would have input into protocols for transferring patients to institutions offering euthanasia (Bigstock)

Tasmania will join Victoria and Western Australia in legalising voluntary euthanasia, following the passage of a bill through the state’s lower house last night. Source: The Australian.

The End-of-Life Choices bill passed the House of Assembly, with the support of Labor and Greens MPs and a sufficient number of Liberal MPs, who had a conscience vote.

While the euthanasia legislation must return to the upper house, it is expected to pass that chamber later this month, becoming law from mid-2022.

Under the controversial reform, those suffering “intolerably” with terminal illness will be able to apply to access lethal medication, via a multi-stage process requiring support from two doctors.

Opponents of the bill criticised the quality of the debate, as MPs appeared determined to pass the bill to avoid sitting on a Friday. It passed 16-6.

Umbrella group Live and Die Well was “very disappointed” at the vote, given that it occurred just over a week after the release of two significant reports into the legislation.

Supporters of the bill have hailed it as nation-leading and long-overdue, after three earlier attempts to enact similar laws in Tasmania in the past decade.

Amendments to allow entire hospitals and aged-care centres to boycott the euthanasia system were defeated.

However, Liberal Premier Peter Gutwein, a supporter of the bill, promised the Catholic health sector would have input into protocols for transferring patients from non-euthanasia participating institutions to those offering it.


Euthanasia to become law in Tasmania after key vote (By Matthew Denholm, The Australian)


Tasmania’s House of Assembly passes Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (ABC News)

Momentous step for voluntary assisted dying laws in Tasmania (The Mercury)

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