AMA 'anguished' at passing of euthanasia laws

After a 28-hour marathon sitting, the historic bill passed the Victorian upper house

Victoria is on the brink of becoming the only Australian state in which voluntary assisted dying is legal.

dying patient

The state's upper house on Wednesday approved a new euthanasia law, with 22 of 40 MPs voting in favour after a 28-hour debate.

Amendments must now be approved by the lower house but are not expected to be opposed.

These include halving the time frame from 12 months to live to six months to live.

There will be exemptions for patients with conditions such as motor neurone disease and MS, who will still have a year.