Euthanasia passes first lower house vote in NSW

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Euthanasia is one step closer in New South Wales after Sydney MP Alex Greenwich’s bill to legalise the practice passed the first vote in the lower house on Thursday. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

The bill passed 53 votes to 36 after dozens of MPs spoke on the bill, including the longest-serving lower house MP, Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Mr Hazzard said for 29 of his 30 years in Parliament he would not have supported voluntary assisted dying, but it was now time to give people choice in how they die.

He said all other states had passed a voluntary assisted dying law and NSW could not be left behind. He urged MPs proposing amendments to only do so with the aim of improving the bill.

Attorney-General Mark Speakman said his opposition was based on “protecting the vulnerable”.

Premier Dominic Perrottet, who also opposed the bill, told Parliament he had failed in his role as Treasurer to adequately fund palliative care, promising to fix the system.

MPs will now consider the 167 amendments to the bill before it goes to the upper house, with Mr Greenwich negotiating about 40 amendments with Liberal, Labor and independent MPs.

Transport and Planning Minister Rob Stokes, who is supporting the bill, said his amendments to the legislation were designed to address concerns over elder abuse or potential undue influence

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Assisted dying bill passes first lower house vote in NSW Parliament (By Alexandra Smith and Tom Rabe, Sydney Morning Herald) 

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