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Sheed speaks in favour of voluntary assisted dying

October 18, 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says she has broad acceptance of the concept of voluntary assisted dying but will reserve her position on the Government’s proposed legislation until all amendments have been finalised.

Ms Sheed said while she had some concerns around certain provisions, she was confident these issues could be resolved during Parliament’s bill consideration process.

“In Parliament last night I indicated my general support for the Government’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill,” Ms Sheed said.

“I have not come to this decision lightly. I have consulted widely in both my electorate and beyond and have worked hard to form my view.

“I believe that high quality palliative care is the most desirable approach to end-of-life care, but it cannot relieve all pain and suffering and I believe people should be able to exercise personal choice in the way they die when they are in the terminal stages of their illness.”

Ms Sheed said she would be meeting with Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today to raise several concerns regarding details of the Bill.

“While I am generally supportive of this Bill, there are some aspects which I believe could be improved on and I will discuss these with the Minister today,” Ms Sheed said.

ENDS

Media contact

Riahn Smith 0419 138 978│riahn.smith@parliament.vic.gov.au

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