Vic MPs debate voluntary assisted dying

Victoria's parliament will be dominated by debate on proposed laws that would legalise euthanasia for the terminally ill.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Victoria's Labor government has proposed laws to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill and they will be debated in parliament before a conscience vote due by the end of the week.

HOW WILL THE DEBATE WORK?

* Premier Daniel Andrews expects the bill to be the only matter dealt with by parliament this week.

* Each MP gets 10 minutes to speak.

* Debate will go back and forth between parties through Tuesday and Wednesday.

* On Wednesday or Thursday, MPs will have the opportunity to move amendments.

* If the bill succeeds in the Legislative Assembly, it will move to the Legislative Council, where the process is repeated.

WHO WILL MOVE AMENDMENTS

* So far only opponents to the bill have publicly suggested amendments, arguing the scheme is not safe.

KEY QUOTES

* "We have this model right. I will not be supporting amendments and I want this to be a respectful debate," Premier Daniel Andrews.

* "There are serious deficiencies within the legislation and in my view there hasn't been deep engagement with the community," Deputy Premier James Merlino.

* "It will be important in the course of this debate as we are debating amendments to ensure that the robustness of the bill is not undone and so I also share the premier's views that I shall not be supporting any amendments as well," Health Minister Jill Hennessy.

* "I'll be voting against it, full stop," Opposition Leader Matthew Guy.

* "This bill is the right model for Victoria. It is a uniquely Victorian bill," government consultant Dr Brian Owler.

* "I don't think I can vote for the bill as it currently stands. I don't think the safeguards are adequate but I am looking to move some amendments," shadow treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Source AAP

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