Labor Member for Franklin Lara Giddings welcomed today’s historic vote which has seen voluntary assisted dying legislation pass 22 votes to 18 in the Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Council.

“While the Northern Territory was the first jurisdiction in Australia to pass euthanasia laws, which were subsequently overturned by the Federal Parliament, this legislation will see Victoria become the first state to enact a voluntary assisted dying law in the nation’, Ms Giddings said.

“I am filled with a sense of optimism and relief that we finally have a state parliament that has been willing to accept the need for euthanasia laws in Australia and more importantly, vote for them.

“My hope is that the Victorian law will open the door for other states to follow suit by giving those parliamentarians who believe in the principle of euthanasia the confidence to vote for legislation.

“The amended bill has many similarities to the bill Cassy O’Connor and I brought to the Tasmanian Parliament.

“I would encourage the next Tasmanian Parliament to pass legislation that will give Tasmanians suffering intolerable pain the right to end their own life surrounded by the people they love, using the 2017 Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill and the Victorian law as the basis of developing legislation for our state.”
Lara Giddings MP Labor Member for Franklin