As predicted one month ago, the Voluntary Assisted Dying bill that was tabled in the Lower House in August, now passed this Lower House. The bill garnered more votes on its final reading (45 to 11) than the earlier vote that enabled its detailed consideration.
The bill passed without amendments, although during the debate there were several attempts to amend the WA bill to include safeguards that are in the Victorian legislation. However, they were voted down by the Government with Health Minister Roger Cook repeatedly describing the proposed legislation as “cautious and safe”, saying the Government has been guided by an extensive consultation process.
The bill faces now an uncertain future in the Upper House (Legislative Council) where just one or two votes will likely determine its success or failure.