Terminally ill patients in Victoria are set to be able to request a legal drug to end their lives, but strict clauses might prevent people from making that choice — even when it's their right.
The Queensland Premier orders an inquiry into end-of-life care, including the issue of voluntary euthanasia, saying the issue must be confronted.
Voluntary euthanasia won't be legal in the ACT or the Northern Territory for the foreseeable future, with a Senate bill voted down last night — but politicians in Canberra say the fight is not over.
The chief ministers of the Northern Territory and the ACT have ramped up calls to restore the territories' rights to make their own voluntary euthanasia laws, releasing a full-page advertisement directed at the Federal Senate.
The ACT and NT may soon wrestle back control of its euthanasia laws — more than two decades after the NT's landmark legalisation of the practise was voided by the Commonwealth.
The story of the 104-year-old Perth academic — one of the first Australians to undertake assisted suicide due to old age rather than a terminal illness — has attracted international headlines and inflamed a highly divisive debate.
As Victoria becomes the first state in Australia to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill, a health researcher says the legislation is unlikely to help those who most want voluntary assisted dying.
Close to 80 per cent of Australians have voted in the optional same-sex marriage postal survey, and appetite is growing for giving the public another chance to have a say.