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Euthanasia and assisted suicide

09 Jun 2017
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With a draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 released in NSW in May, this paper outlines recent developments and studies in countries that allow euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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This updated version of a May 2013 issues backgrounder takes account of the release of the draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 in NSW on 16 May 2017. The paper canvasses recent Australian cases along with proposed reforms and recommendations in selected Australian jurisdictions: notably Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania. Recent developments in countries that allow voluntary euthanasia and/or assisted suicide are included in this update, and there is an overview of recent developments in the United Kingdom, Scotland and New Zealand. Key journal articles and media reports have also been added, with links provided to the full text of sources.

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