Victoria's assisted dying bill includes severe penalties for abuse of scheme

‘This is the most cautious, the safest, scheme for assisted dying anywhere in the world,’ Daniel Andrews says

Victoria’s assisted dying legislation includes new and severe penalties for doctors caught abusing the scheme, including up to a life sentence for encouraging a patient to choose to die.

On Wednesday the premier, Daniel Andrews; the health minister, Jill Hennessy; and the attorney general, Martin Pakula, were due to introduce to parliament the bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying. The bill was two years in the making and included extensive consultation with disability workers, palliative care specialists and legal experts.

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