NSW alliance on euthanasia ahead of debate

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Almost 30 organisations and community groups from around the country have joined a public alliance to advocate for voluntary assisted dying laws ahead of a debate in NSW parliament this week.

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, who introduced the bill to parliament, says the alliance "demonstrates that people from every walk of life ... support voluntary assisted dying reform".

The alliance includes multiple state branches of euthanasia advocacy group Dying With Dignity, lawyers, civil rights advocates, and several groups representing doctors, nurses and other health workers.

"We have organisations representing thousands... who all support this important law reform," Dying With Dignity NSW president Penny Hackett says.

Research commissioned by Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW recently showed 72 per cent of the NSW over-50 population support the legislation and more than half would consider euthanasia themselves.

"Older people in the last stages of a terminal or incurable illness have the right to make informed decisions on their end-of-life medical care, including the choice to receive medical assistance to end their life peacefully, at a time of their choosing," COTA NSW CEO Meagan Lawson says.

Outside of the alliance, Mr Greenwich says the bill also has support from "the police association, the health services union, as well as the vast majority of the NSW public".

NSW is the only state yet to pass voluntary assisted dying laws.

Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland all passed laws this year.

The territories are not allowed to legislate euthanasia.

Mr Greenwich says NSW has "fallen behind the rest of Australia" and "the public expects their elected representatives to get on with their job, debate the bill and get this reform through parliament".

"I urge all of my colleagues: no more stalling and no more games," he said.

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