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Victoria’s upper house has passed a bill legalising voluntary euthanasia, becoming the first Australian state to authorise assisted dying.

The laws will give patients in intolerable pain the right to pursue a doctor-assisted death from 2019. Emotional scenes prevailed in the Legislative Council, with both supporters and opponents of the bill in tears after more than 28 hours of debate. Australian Medical Association Victoria president Lorraine Baker said the new law would “cause anguish for some members of our profession, as well as the public” …

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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper