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Voluntary Assisted Dying: A proposal for Tasmania

Dear Kelly,

I am writing to you as a member of the COTA Tasmania network, to inform you of a consultation paper on Voluntary Assisted Dying that is now available for public comment.

The paper has been prepared by Lara Giddings MP and Nick McKim MP as private members of the Tasmanian Parliament, and was released for public comment on 3 February 2013. Comment is sought on the proposed model by Friday 15 March 2013.

Links to the paper and a shorter version are available here; Please note – the large paper is a very large file, consider this if printing.

The Board of COTA Tasmania met on Friday 22 February and discussed this paper as part of its business for this meeting.  The Board acknowledged that the topic of Voluntary Assisted Dying is a very personal matter and that people’s opinions on this would be wide and varied, depending on a range of issues, including people’s beliefs and values and also lived experiences.

COTA Australia has a neutral position on this topic. The Board of COTA Tasmania believes that without proper consultation with the members of COTA Tasmania, the Board of COTA Tasmania should at this stage remain neutral on this topic but fully support community discussion and debate on the important issues covered in this paper.

COTA Tasmania will continue to discuss this issue at Board level and with the COTA Tasmania Policy Council and is considering options for future consultation with its membership; however, it is unlikely to do this in time for the March 15 deadline.

As part of the ongoing discussion on this important topic, COTA is interested in your views. Please feel free to contact COTA on or the CEO Sue Leitch (03) 62613265 to provide comment to COTA on this proposal.

Yours sincerely,

Margaret Bird



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