Amendments Made To Victorian Euthanasia Bill
As the Victorian Euthanasia Bill makes it's way into the Upper House for debate, the Andrews Labor government have created amendments in order to help get the bill passed through parliament.
On Tuesday, the changes made to the controversial assisted dying laws included the required life expectancy being halved from 12 months to six and people will have to be living in Victoria for at least a year before they can be eligible.
A palliative care package of $62 million has also been introduced and all patients who use the scheme must have assisted dying recorded on their death certificate.
"It has become apparent to us over the last couple of weeks that passage through the (Legislative) Council will be more difficult", said Attorney-General Martin Pakula.
"These amendments give the bill the best chance of passing through."
The only people in acception to the new life expectancy guidelines will be those suffering neurodegenerative conditions who may access assisted dying with 12 months or less to live.
Jaala Pulford, deputy leader of the government in the Legislative Council, has said that MPs will have time to think about the amendments before the bill is put to a vote.
"We don't anticipate any of these amendments being put to a vote before Thursday, that will be the earliest," said Ms Pulford.
"So there's ample opportunity for members to reflect on the proposed amendments and to consider their impact."
The bill needs 21 votes to pass the upper house and currently it has 20 votes of support.