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NSW VAD bill passes “second reading”

On Wednesday May 11, the NSW Upper House voted to progress the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bill through to the next stage in the parliamentary process. NSW is the only state in Australia that does not (yet) allow assisted dying for terminally ill people.

Last November, the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bill 2021 passed the NSW Lower House. Now, the state’s upper house passed the bill at the second reading stage in a 20 to 17 vote.

“This is an important milestone and we thank everyone in the upper house who has worked together to make this happen,” Dying with Dignity NSW President Penny Hackett said.

The bill will move to the upper house’s committee stage for amendments. The debate on Wednesday May 18 can be followed online: Legislative Council chamber webcast (

If everything goes well, the Bill can become law by the end of that week.

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