State sanction for aid on dying
ASSISTED dying could be legal in Victoria within two years after the State Government promised a quick response to a report into the Australia- first changes. A Ministerial Advisory Panel yesterday revealed its recommended guidelines, including that terminally ill patients must have less than a year to live to be eligible. The medication – which is yet to be finalised – would be dispensed in a lockable box by a pharmacist. Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the State Government would reply to the report within weeks and have legislation before Parliament by the end of 2017.