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Euthanasia is legalised in NSW | Daily Mail Online | The Press

Euthanasia is legalised in NSW | Daily Mail Online

Euthanasia is legalised in NSW | Daily Mail Online

A bill legalising euthanasia has been passed through NSW Parliament allowing terminally ill patients to voluntarily end their life.

The legislation received 23 votes in favour and 15 against in the state’s Upper House after members debated almost 100 amendments on Wednesday night and into Thursday. 

The controversial legislation which brings the state in line with the rest of Australia, will mean voluntary assisted dying will be possible in 18 months time.

Both major parties allowed a conscience vote on the contentious issue, which was hotly debated for five years before finally coming to a decision.

Independent MP Alex Greenwich introduced the bill to parliament late last year, with 28 co-sponsors from across the political spectrum.

He said the legislation is about ‘honesty and compassion’ for those who are suffering, while Liberal Party Finance Minister Damien Tudehope called the law a ‘dreadful mistake’. 

Pictured: Alex Greenwich, Member of Sydney, is congratulated by his parliamentary supporters following the successful passage of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in the Lower House on November 26, 2021

A bill legalising euthanasia has been passed through NSW Parliament allowing terminally ill patients to voluntarily end their life (stock image) 

Co-sponsor, Labor MLC Adam Searle, thanked euthanasia advocates for their decades of campaigning.

‘I want to acknowledge the suffering of those who died waiting for this compassionate measure,’ he told the lower house after the bill passed.

‘Opponents of this bill have said this about the killing of innocent persons.

‘We are motivated by love, by respect, by compassion and because we think ultimately these choices should be for the person concerned as well as their families in light of all of the information they should have given to them.

‘It reflects an enhanced respect for life… Let’s make this law.’

Mr Tudehope strongly disagreed with the passing of the law calling it a ‘dark day’ that history would judge as a ‘dreadful mistake’.

‘It was a sad day because it was an opportunity for NSW to say ‘we can be better than this’,’ he said.

Voluntary assisted-dying advocates are seen outside NSW Parliament House in Sydney on  March 30, 2022

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher (pictured) said the new law is ‘disturbing’

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher agreed in a lengthy statement minutes later, branding the legislation ‘disturbing’.

‘If a civilisation is to be judged by how it treats its weakest members, the NSW parliament has failed miserably and has set a dark and dangerous path for all posterity, determining a new and disturbing definition of what it means to be human,’ he said.

‘I thank those few members in both houses of parliament who spoke out against this bill, often in the face of disdain and disparagement from their parliamentary colleagues, from pro-euthanasia lobby groups and from the media.’

Archbishop Fisher claimed the NSW Parliament now had a ‘shameful record’ of ‘two of the most anti-life pieces of legislation that exist in Australia, and indeed around the world’.

Euthanasia is legalised in NSW

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