Attorney-General declares VAD teleconsults ‘an incitement to suicide’ in court battle with GP

Dr Nick Carr is attempting to secure a judicial ruling that VAD is not suicide.
Mark Dreyfus, Attorney-General of Australia. Photo: Facebook.

Federal laws on inciting suicide are intended to encompass phone consults on voluntary euthanasia, placing GPs at legal risk of $200,000 fines, lawyers for the Attorney-General have said.

As states have legalised voluntary assisted dying (VAD), questions have remained over whether a 2005 amendment to the Criminal Code Act, banning “using a carriage service to counsel suicide”, would apply to VAD telehealth consults.