Victoria passes controversial voluntary euthanasia laws following historic vote

TERMINALLY ill patients suffering intolerable pain will soon be able to end their lives early in Victoria, after the controversial Assisted Dying bill was approved following a historic vote in parliament.

Victoria’s 40-member Upper House passed the voluntary euthanasia laws 22 votes to 18 on Wednesday afternoon following a marathon 28-hour sitting.

It paves the way for the southern state to become the first in Australia to legalise voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill. The bill will now be passed back to the Lower House where it will be ‘rubber stamped’.


The Lower House had voted 47-37 in favour of the bill last month but several amendments were required for the legislation to pass the Upper House.

Once passed, the historic laws will make it legal for doctors to help terminally ill patients with just six months to live to end their lives early from 2019.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott quickly took to Twitter to condemn the bill.

“Dreadful news out of Victoria,” Mr Abbott said.

“Gravely ill people should have their pain relieved, not their lives ended. No one should be made to feel a burden and better off dead.

“Only a morally mixed up society would approve suicide when it’s doctor-assisted and doctors should not be expected to forsake their vocation. This is a bad law and should not stand.”