Voluntary assisted dying is all but certain to be legalised in Tasmania, after the state’s lower house passed a bill last night.
Following a sometimes testy debate held over three days, a majority of MHAs voted in support of the legislation late yesterday – which Bass Liberal MHA Sarah Courtney took carriage of in the House of Assembly – with a final vote of 16 in favour and six against.
The bill, heavily amended by the lower house, still needs to return to the Legislative Council for approval.
Premier Peter Gutwein said the debate had represented “parliament at its best”, and acknowledged those of his Liberal colleagues who voted against the bill, saying “it takes courage to stand by your own convictions”.
Both Liberal and Labor members…