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The Time Has Come for Voluntary Assisted Dying


In my capacity as Member for Blue Mountains, I have been contacted by in excess of 2,000 local constituents over these past few months concerning the Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation currently before NSW Parliament. I want to thank each and every person who has reached out to me, on both sides of this issue, for expressing their views calmly and respectfully on this complicated and at times emotive issue.


Through a years long process of deep reflection, including consultation with medical professionals, palliative care service providers, and countless impacted constituents who have made passionate cases for both sides of this debate, I have reaffirmed my commitment to support this legislation. 


You can read my contribution to the Second Reading debate which I delivered in my capacity as a Co-sponsor of the Bill here. Or you can view my speech below.


Update: Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation passed the NSW Parliament on the 19th of May 2022 and will come into effect in late 2023.