Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill tabled in South Australia

A new Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill was tabled in both Chambers of the South Australian Parliament on Wednesday December 2, 2020.

Read the second reading speeches by Hon Kyam Maher in the Legislative Council and Dr Susan Close in the House of Assembly. 

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill can be downloaded here.

The opening of debate in the South Australian Parliament comes at a time when the assisted dying movement is seeing great success and growing momentum.

Sept - Victoria released data on the first year of its VAD scheme demonstrating that this compassionate law is working safely and effectively.

Oct - The Queensland Premier pledged to introduce VAD legislation in 2021.

Nov - Results of the NZ referendum on End of Life Choices showed that 65% of Kiwis wanted their VAD law to be enacted.

Dec - Tasmania's House of Assembly voted 17:7 to move the End of Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill to the Committee stage. Parliament will resume in March 2021. The Bill has already passed through the Upper House with the unanimous support of all members.

The VAD law in WA will come into effect by mid 2021.

Now is the time for South Australians to ask their MPs to support voluntary assisted dying law reform.

To make this as simple as possible, VADSA have set up an online tool which allows a constituent to email your local MP as well as all your upper house MPs at the one time. Now is the time to ask them to support the South Australian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.