Supplementary Order Paper No 281

No 281

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

End of Life Choice Bill

Proposed amendment

Paulo Garcia, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 4

In clause 4(c)(i), after “6 months” (page 4, line 24), insert “in the opinion of every medical practitioner who is involved in a process connected to the operation of this Act in relation to the person”.

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the End of Life Choice Bill to clarify that all relevant medical practitioners need to hold an opinion that the terminal illness criterion is met. This amendment is designed to avoid confusion in a situation where, for example, one medical practitioner is of the opinion that a person’s terminal illness is not likely to end that person’s life within 6 months and other medical practitioner is of a different opinion.