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Victoria becomes first Australian state to legalise voluntary euthanasia

The Australian Parliament does not have the same power to repeal the laws of states such as Victoria

AP/PTI  |  Canberra 

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An has legalised voluntary 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill.

The final vote in the today means that doctor-assisted suicide will be allowed in Australia's second-most populous state since mid-2019.


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who became a advocate after his father died of cancer last year, said the reform showed compassion.

Australia's sparsely populated Northern Territory in 1995 became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalise doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. But the Australian Parliament overturned that law in 1997 after four people had been helped to die.

The Australian Parliament does not have the same power to repeal the laws of states such as

First Published: Wed, November 29 2017. 08:27 IST
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