Supplementary Order Paper No 373

No 373

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

End of Life Choice Bill

Proposed amendments to SOP No 259

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 24B

In the heading to clause 24B, after Welfare guardians (page 22), insert and attorneys.

In clause 24B, after “for a person” (page 22), insert “, or an attorney of a person under an enduring power of attorney for personal care and welfare,”

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends Supplementary Order Paper No 259 amending the End of Life Choice Bill by filling in a gap in the legislation, clarifying the status of an attorney under an enduring power of attorney.

It cannot be said that the status of an attorney is covered elsewhere—for example, in clause 24A(1), which refers to advance directives and various other types of document—because enduring powers of attorney cannot be expected to contain directions regarding assisted dying.