Labor welcomes historic passage of VAD Bill

Tasmanian Labor
  • House of Assembly passes second reading of VAD Bill
  • Labor applauds compassion demonstrated by Tasmanian Parliament
  • Bill delivers freedom of choice for Tasmanians
  • Tasmanian Labor has
    welcomed the passage through
    the second reading of the End-of-Life Choices
    (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020 as a historic day in the Tasmanian
    Parliament.

    Labor Leader Rebecca
    White said the Bill’s passage in the House of Assembly today is a win for
    compassion.

    “As a matter of
    principle, Tasmanian Labor believes in a compassionate society that affords
    freedom of choice to people at the end of life and respects their wish for a
    peaceful death,” Ms White said.

    “That’s why today is
    such an important and historic day for the state.

    “The Premier Peter
    Gutwein has given a commitment that the Bill will be the first order of
    business when the House of Assembly resumes sitting in 2021.

    “We look forward to finalising this legislation and giving the community voluntary assisted dying laws that are cohesive, patient-focussed and evidence-based.

    “This sensitive debate has been conducted with civility, decency, respect and genuine engagement, and the focus has been on the needs of terminally ill Tasmanians. I thank everyone who has taken the time to share their views and personal stories.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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