An update from Mr. Greg Donnelly MLC regarding the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017….
Parliament of New South Wales
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 is currently before the Legislative Council. The following link will take you to the webpage relating to the bill https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/bills/Pages/bill-details.aspx?pk=3422. Further debate on the bill was expected yesterday, but did not take place. Debate on the bill was also expected for next Thursday, 19th October however, it may well be the case that this does not happen. It appears that those promoting the bill in NSW believe that it is now best to wait and see what the outcome will be in Victoria. They believe that if the Parliament of Victoria passes its proposed legislation, that will boost the prospects of the bill passing in NSW. If this is the case and there is no debate on the NSW bill next Thursday, the next opportunities for debate on it will be Thursday, 16th and 23rd November. If the Victorian bill passes it is almost certain that debate in NSW will take place in the Legislative Council on one or both of the November dates. If the Victorian bill is defeated, this will not deter the proponents of the legislation in NSW. The bill will still be debated in the Legislative Council on one or both of the November dates. For the Government’s part it seems that they want this matter in the Legislative Council determined one way or the other before the House rises for the summer recess. If the bill is defeated in the Legislative Council, it will obviously not proceed to the Legislative Assembly. If it passes the Legislative Council it will then proceed to the Legislative Assembly for debate sometime in the New Year.
Yesterday in the Legislative Council a petition with 35,003 signatures opposing the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 was tabled. The purpose of the petition was to demonstrate to the whole House and the Parliament that there is significant opposition to the proposal to introduce voluntary assisted suicide and euthanasia legislation in this state.