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Dying With Dignity Victoria (DWDV - formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Victoria Inc.) is a law reform and education organisation pursuing public policies and laws in the state of Victoria that enhance self-determination and dignity at the end of life.
Patrons Mr Julian Burnside QC, Hon Rod Mackenzie OAM, Hon Ian Macphee AO
DWDV has no connection with Philip Nitschke, Exit International or a publicly available ‘peaceful pill’.
As you will be aware from articles in the press, Colleen Hartland, MLC, moved the following Motion in the Legislative Council last Wednesday 15 April:
That this House calls on the Attorney-General, Mr Martin Pakula, MP, to refer the matter of voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill people to the Victorian Law Reform Commission for inquiry, consideration and report by December 2015.
Debate progressed on the day and, contrary to claims by its opponents of the Motion “being dead in the water”, will continue to a vote when Parliament resumes on Tuesday 5 May.
The debate in Parliament last Tuesday was ill-informed - several speakers chose to speak about the merits and perils of voluntary euthanasia, rather than debate the motion before them: a request of the Attorney General for a referral of the issue to the VLRC. It was also evident that there was poor knowledge of the role of the VLRC, which is an advisory body "that develops, reviews and recommends reform of Victoria's state laws". It does this by conducting research and community consultation. Decisions about any new laws would be made by Parliament, the elected representatives of the people, not the VLRC, in the light of the VLRC's recommendations.
The Greens have raised a petition to the Attorney General of Victoria, Hon. Martin Pakula which in closing states:
The overwhelming majority of Victorians want the right to talk to their doctors about what options are available and be given a choice.
Please refer the matter of voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill people to the Victorian Law Reform Commission for inquiry, consideration and report.
This petition can be found at: http://victoria.greens.org.au/dignity and we urge you to sign this and ask family and friends to do the same.
Do not let our voices and the wishes of the majority of Victorians be drowned out by the noisy minority. Do not let the demands of others become no choice for those who wish to choose.
My life, my choice!