Supplementary Order Paper No 269

No 269

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

End of Life Choice Bill

Proposed amendment

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

Clause 3

In clause 3, replace the definition of attending medical practitioner (page 3, line 8) with:

attending medical practitioner means a medical practitioner who has personally attended the person, in a professional capacity, either—


for a period of not less than 6 months; or


on at least three occasions, provided that such attendances must have taken place at intervals of not less than one month between each attendance

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the End of Life Choice Bill to require that the medical practitioner (as defined elsewhere in clause 3) who is attending has at least some level of familiarity with the person. Without such familiarity, it will be impossible for the attending medical practitioner to hold any meaningful view that the person has not been subject to coercion in making decisions under this proposed legislation.