On 7 May 2015 Gavin Jennings MLC passed a motion that the Victorian Legal and Social Issues Committee launch an “Inquiry into End of Life Choices”. The terms of reference are:
“This house requires the legal and social issues committee to inquire into, consider and report, no later than 31 May 2016, on the need for laws in Victoria to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end-of-life choices, and in particular the committee should -
(1) Assess the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end-of-life, including the role of palliative care.
(2) Review the current framework of legislation, proposed legislation and other relevant reports and materials in other Australian states and territories and overseas jurisdictions, and
(3) Consider what types of legislative change may be required, including an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation.”
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