Today marked the conclusion of the inquiry into end of life choices in the ACT. The result is a unanimous report, with 24 recommendations agreed by all members of the committee, representing all three parties.
The recommendations are significant and wide-ranging, covering palliative care, advanced care plans and death literacy.
The committee determined that, due to the Assembly's inability to legislate for voluntary assisted dying at this time, it could not make formal recommendations on voluntary assisted dying. However, a majority of committee members was able to suggest the key considerations that should be given to the operation of a future scheme. In my view, this puts us in a very strong position to start from at a future time if the ACT can, and is willing, to legislate.
It is an extraordinary report and, I believe, one of the most significant reports the Assembly has produced. I would encourage you to take a look 👉https://bit.ly/2YbsZ7h
You can also check out the speech I made on tabling it here.