Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021

(Third Reading, Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021, 26 November 2021, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) 

I speak by leave to thank the opponents of this reform for the respectful and genuine way that they have conducted themselves throughout this debate. I acknowledge that their opposition to this reform is genuine. The way they have conducted themselves shows their strength of character and maturity to be able to deal with a complex issue that they are so strongly opposed to. I thank them for their conduct throughout this. I thank the 28 co-sponsors and the many supporters of this reform, who have worked so collaboratively and collectively with me throughout this process. The Parliament has seen some of its most passionate and emotional speeches, and it has been at its best through this very long debate that we have had.

I particularly thank advocates Go Gentle and Dying with Dignity that have worked so hard and for so long for this reform. I have a particular closeness with a former constituent, Shayne Higson, whom I have spoken to multiple times throughout this debate. I thank her for her dedication and determination. Shayne's passion for this reform comes from her own personal experience of seeing her mum die in a very horrific way. Shayne, let us dedicate the passage of this legislation through this House to your mother. She would truly be proud of you. I commend the bill to the House.

The SPEAKER: The question is that this bill be now read a third time.

See who voted for and against the Bill in the Hansard record > HERE

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