For the first time, after a long and emotional debate, proposed voluntary assisted dying legislation passed through one chamber of Tasmania ‘s Parliament.
Campaigners Natalie and Jacqui Gray, whose mother died after an 11-month struggle with cancer near her 58th birthday, sat in the public gallery of the Legislative Council as MLCs passed the legislation.
Her three-day-old daughter, Tilly Diane, named after her mother, was held by Natalie as Bill passed.
Jacqui Gray said it had been an emotional nine months.
It was just yesterday that Natalie was discharged from the hospital.
“I know without doubt she would be so incredibly proud of us, of Tasmania and of our Legislative Council today.”
Although the Government has committed to the implementation of the proposed legislation by the end of this year, the debate will not end until March next year, when a report on the proposed legislation will be delivered by the University of Tasmania.
To begin the discussion, the government has scheduled an extra sitting day in December.