Rally for voluntary assisted dying

Rally to support the right to die bill on September 3. Photo: Dying with Dignity/FB

Six hundred people braved the cold, wet weather to gather on the steps of Western Australia’s parliament on September 3 and call for choice and compassion at the end of life.

That day, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 passed its first vote in WA’s Legislative Assembly 44 to 12, bringing the state one step closer to legalising voluntary euthanasia.

The bill is still to be considered in detail before a final vote in the lower house. It will then go through the same process in the upper house, where the vote is expected to be very tight.

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