Does the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) Reflect Its Stated Policy Goals?

42 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2020 Last revised: 20 Jul 2020

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Ben White

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Katrine Del Villar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eliana Close

Queensland University of Technology

Lindy Willmott

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

With the commencement of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) in June 2019, Victoria became the first Australian State to permit voluntary assisted dying. This article considers the extent to which this novel Act reflects its stated policy goals. The first part of the article identifies the purported policy goals of the Act. This analysis draws on the explanatory material accompanying the law, in particular the expert Ministerial Advisory Panel Report which shaped the law. The article then critically evaluates the extent to which key aspects of the Act reflect those identified policy goals. Overall, the article concludes that the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) is not consistent with its policy goals in some important respects.

Keywords: health law, voluntary assisted dying, assisted dying, health policy, law reform, end of life law

JEL Classification: K32, K3, K1, I1, I18, I10

Suggested Citation

White, Ben and Del Villar, Katrine and Close, Eliana and Willmott, Lindy, Does the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) Reflect Its Stated Policy Goals? (2020). University of New South Wales Law Journal, Vol. 43, No. 2, 2020, pp. 1-42. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3611472

Ben White (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/whiteb/

Katrine Del Villar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eliana Close

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

2 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Australia

Lindy Willmott

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/willmott/

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