Assisted dying bill passes upper house, paving the way for it to be confirmed by lower house and passed into law
Victoria is on the verge of becoming the first Australian state to legalise voluntary assisted dying, after the upper house finally approved the right of terminally ill people to request assistance to end their lives.
The historic bill was passed by 22 votes to 18 after a gruelling and often bitter all-night debate. The chamber began the session on Tuesday just after noon, sitting for more than 28 hours straight. Supportive MPs quietly wept after it became clear the bill would pass.