Supplementary Order Paper No 367

No 367

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

End of Life Choice Bill

Proposed amendments

Melissa Lee, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 27

In clause 27(2)(b), replace “.” (page 25) with “; or”.

In clause 27(2), after paragraph (b) (page 25), insert:

(c)

undertakes an act to end the life of a person without their consent; or

(d)

conspires to end the life of a person without their consent; or

(e)

initiates a conversation with a person regarding their choice to end their life in a way that directs them to decide to end their life; or

(f)

undertakes any other activity that unduly influences the decision of a person to end their life.

Replace clause 27(3) (page 25) with:

(3)

A person who commits an offence under this section is liable on conviction to either or both of the following:

(a)

imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years:

(b)

a fine not exceeding $250,000.

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the End of Life Choice Bill. It amends clause 27 to make it clear that an offence is committed, in addition to those under the Crimes Act 1961 and other laws, where a medical practitioner ends the life of a terminally ill person without the consent of the individual, and substantially increases the level of punishment in such a situation where the medical practitioner egregiously acts to the detriment of the patient or the values of the wider medical profession.