The terminally ill mother of three, Anne Gabrielides, flanked by husband Paul and their children Micheal and Eleni, today shared her story at the release of a Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill at Parliament House NSW. A cross-party working group of NSW MPs released the draft bill for public consultation today and plans to introduce it to parliament in August. It gives terminally ill patients aged 25 and over the right to end their lives with medical help. The parliamentary working group is made up of members from the Coalition, Labor, Greens and an independent. Nationals MP Trevor Khan said it was a cautious bill with “a range of safeguards to meet the inevitable criticisms that a bill such as this will face when it’s introduced into Parliament”.
- Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) – Overview
- click to hear audio of Chris Smith on radio 2GB speaking with Shayne Higson from DWD NSW about the draft bill. (7.18 mins)
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- click to see Annie’s petition “Don’t leave me trapped in a dying body – allow me to die peacefully“ on Change.org