Supplementary Order Paper No 341

No 341

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

End of Life Choice Bill

Proposed amendment to SOP No 259

Simon O’Connor, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 20

In clause 20(1), after paragraph (a) (page 18), insert:

(aa)

a person who is legally qualified by virtue of having held a practising certificate as a barrister or as a barrister and solicitor for at least 7 years; and

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends Supplementary Order Paper No 259 amending the End of Life Choice Bill by adding a particular membership qualification requirement in relation to the Review Committee.

It is important that the Review Committee include at least 1 person with some knowledge of the operation of the law, so that legal issues arising in the performance of the Review Committee’s functions can be the subject of well-informed internal advice.

Examples of legal issues that might arise for the Review Committee include the consideration of assisted death reports under clause 20(2)(a), or statutory interpretation as needed in relation to the question of compliance under clause 20(2)(b) and (c).