Owing to the large number of submissions received, the committee has decided not to publish all submissions. The committee has decided to publish all submissions from organisations and academics and an equal number of individual submissions both supporting and opposing the Bill. The individual submissions published are representative of the submissions received.

The committee received 663 submissions from individuals, of these submissions, approximately 53 per cent opposed and 47 per cent supported the Bill. The committee received over 4700 pro forma submissions. In addition, the committee received eight different form letters, all opposing the Bill: Form letter A (54 received); Form letter B (20 received); Form letter C (18 received); Form letter D (14 received); Form letter E (18 received); Form letter F (15 received); Form letter G (16 received); and Form letter H (18 received).

Submissions received by the Committee

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1Coalition for the Defence of Human Life (PDF 223 KB) 
2The Catholic Women's League of Australia Inc (PDF 556 KB) 
3South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society (PDF 420 KB)  Attachment 1 (PDF 356 KB)  Attachment 2 (PDF 85 KB) 
4Not Dead Yet UK (PDF 108 KB)  Attachment 1 (PDF 80 KB) 
5Dalby Christian Outreach Centre (PDF 913 KB) 
6Australian Family Association (PDF 311 KB) 
6.1 Supplementary to submission 6 (PDF 1384 KB) 
7Catholic Women’s League of Victoria & Wagga Wagga (PDF 382 KB) 
8Evangelicals for Life (PDF 93 KB) 
9Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) (PDF 181 KB) 
10Palliative Care Australia (PDF 1168 KB) 
11Knights of the Southern Cross (WA) Inc. (PDF 115 KB) 
129 concerned citizens (PDF 64 KB) 
13Dr Christopher Ryan (PDF 161 KB)  Attachment 1 (PDF 344 KB)  Attachment 2 (PDF 146 KB)  Attachment 3 (PDF 695 KB) 
14COTA Australia (PDF 248 KB)  Attachment 1 (PDF 163 KB)  Attachment 2 (PDF 667 KB) 
15Mr Alex Greenwich MP (PDF 124 KB) 
16Ms Rita Joseph (PDF 667 KB) 
17The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (PDF 1776 KB) 
18Catholic Diocesan Centre (PDF 227 KB) 
19Salt Shakers (PDF 338 KB) 
20Dr Jeremy Prichard (PDF 239 KB)  Attachment 1 (PDF 1857 KB) 

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About this inquiry

Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014, with particular reference to the rights of terminally ill people to seek assistance in ending their lives, and an appropriate framework and safeguards with which to do so.

Past Public Hearings

15 Oct 2014: Melbourne
03 Oct 2014: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Report Tabled


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