Plans to introduce voluntary euthanasia in Victoria are one step closer to become law after the “Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill” was passed 47-37 in the state’s lower house following a marathon 26-hour debate.
The bill passed with support from the Greens, independents and some Coalition MPs and now needs approval from the 40-member legislative council to become law. Debate is expected in two weeks, and the vote is likely to be close. It will take another 18 months to come into effect.
MPs were given a conscience vote on the legislation, with Premier Daniel Andrews calling it an historic moment for the state.
“This is about compassion and dignity – and giving Victorians the choice they deserve at the end of their life,” he said earlier this week.
But the parliament sat from 9.30am on Thursday until just after 11am on Friday has the Opposition tried unsuccessfully to move dozens of amendments to the legislation and sought to delay a vote on the issue.
Debate continued all through the night with just two 30-minute adjournments before it was passed today.
Greens MP Ellen Sandell was less than impressed with some of the Opposition behaviour as dawn broke on Friday.
Filibustering on assisted dying legislation by Libs and Nats overnight has been really disappointing. Some appalling behaviour. #springst
— Ellen Sandell (@ellensandell) October 19, 2017
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