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Sheed votes for Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

October 20, 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has voted in favour of the Government’s Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation. 

Earlier his week Ms Sheed flagged she was broadly supportive of the concept of voluntary assisted dying, but had some concerns around certain provisions.

"This is a momentous Bill and represents a significant social shift," Ms Sheed said.

"I have formed the view that a person suffering from a terminal illness and nearing death should have some say in how and when they die.

"I believe the wider community support this proposition."

By the time debate started on Thursday morning, notice had been given of dozens of proposed amendments to the legislation.

During a lengthy 25-hour, clause-by-clause debate on the proposed legislation Ms Sheed voiced her support for several amendments to the Bill that were subsequently defeated. 

Ms Sheed said she was disappointed the Government did not support some of the more worthy amendments, but said she was satisfied overall with the Bill.

"I had concerns about certain provisions in the Bill, but during the course of debate these issues were fleshed out considerably," Ms Sheed said.

"I have also spoken with Health Minister Jill Hennessy who has provided me with sufficient assurances both in Parliament and in correspondence which helped allay my concerns."

The Bill will now proceed to the Legislative Council for further consideration.

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

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