New Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws Come Into Effect Tomorrow in Victoria

Starting tomorrow, some terminally ill people in Victoria will be able to choose to end their lives. However, to access the laws, applicants must satisfy 68 strict criteria, including having two independent doctors approve the request.

It will be the first time in more than 20 years that these kind of laws have existed in Australia, since the Northern Territory regime was overturned by the Federal Government in 1997. Voluntary assisted dying remains illegal in every other state in Australia.

To discuss the new laws and whether we’re likely to see a similar reform in New South Wales, we talk to Shayne Higson from Dying with Dignity New South Wales.

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