NSW’s voluntary assisted dying laws pass after marathon debate in parliament

Voluntary assisted dying has been made legal in New South Wales.

The legislation passed the Lower House of parliament, after a vote to accept the amendments from the Upper House.

The Upper House spent 10 hours debating amendments before a final vote of support 23 to 15.

All MPs were given a conscience vote. 

MPs debated nearly 100 amendments on Wednesday in a sitting that lasted until midnight.

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MPs in the NSW upper house debated voluntary assisted dying legislation late into the night.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

The government requested for the house to sit past its mandated 12am shutdown, but Robert Borsak, from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party — who is also an opponent of the bill — objected.

The majority of the amendments were voted down during the debate, including the push to give aged and residential homes the power to block voluntary assisted dying taking place in their facilities. 

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Independent PM Alex Greenwich introduced the bill to parliament.(AAP/Joel Carrett)

Debate resumed this morning before the bill passed through the Legislative Council about midday.

It was then approved by the lower house just before 1pm.

NSW is the last state to legalise voluntary assisted dying. 

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