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Voluntary assisted dying: push to scrap prognostic timeframes defeated | The Examiner



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An effort to remove a requirement for a doctor to put a timeframe on a person’s death before they access voluntary assisted dying has been quashed in Tasmania’s lower house. VAD laws are being debated in the House of Assembly this week, after a bill brought forward by independent Mersey MLC Mike Gaffney was unanimously voted through the Legislative Council in November, having been heavily amended. The legislation is expected to pass the lower house, after a majority of MHAs expressed their support for it late last year. IN OTHER NEWS: If the laws were, indeed, to pass the State Parliament, Tasmania would become the third jurisdiction in Australia to introduce voluntary assisted dying, after Victoria and Western…

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