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