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Euthanasia bill passes SA parliament
After a three-decade long battle by voluntary euthanasia campaigners, SA has become
the fourth state in the nation to pass legislation on voluntary assisted dying, after some
amendments to the bill.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has just passed by the South Australian Parliament,
after securing the support of both the Upper and Lower houses.
It means patients in the state could access assisted dying as early as the end of next year.
The passing of the legislation represents a landmark in a lengthy campaign for assisted
dying reform, and the bill was the 17th attempt in 26 years to legalise euthanasia in SA.
The state’s legislation is modelled on Victoria’s laws, which include more than 70
Additional amendments voted in on Wednesday will allow private hospitals as well as
individual medical practitioners to conscientiously object if they refer patients to a place
where they can access the scheme.
Other amendments made sure that residents in aged care and retirement villages could
access the scheme in their own homes or units.
“These amendments are sensible and in fact consistent with the lengthy and very high-
quality debate we had in this chamber a couple of weeks ago,” Deputy Opposition Leader
Susan Close said in Parliament.
“They reflect the intention of people in acknowledging that when someone is living in
their own home, be that run by an organisation such as an aged care facility, and in this
amendment’s case a retirement village, that that person has the right to have access to
lawfully-available interventions and medical advice.”
Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Vickie Chapman also supported that amendment.
Eligible participants must be over 18, have lived in SA for at least a year and be deemed
compliant by two doctors.
Adelaide, South Australia