The six-month amendment could defeat the purpose of Victoria's assisted dying bill

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Victoria’s historic bill to legalise assisted dying passed the upper house after a marathon 28-hour sitting on November 22, 2017. The 40 MPs voted with their conscience, and the final count was 22 to 18.

The bill returns to the lower house for final ratification of amendments. The original bill specified that the person requesting assistance to die should have no more than 12 months to live. This has been reduced to a much more restrictive six

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