Voluntary assisted dying: Man's agonising final two words

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A woman has described her cancer-stricken brother’s agonising final words as legislation that would legalise euthanasia in NSW approaches a big milestone.

The state’s voluntary assisted dying legislation was expected to pass parliament’s upper house on Wednesday night after a majority of MPs indicated their support.

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MPs planned to debate the Bill at 7.30pm and hold a vote two hours later.

Advocate Cathy Barry told reporters at parliament that her brother Tom “died begging for mercy” because assisted dying wasn’t available in 2020 when he died from an aggressive facial cancer.

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Voluntary assisted dying: man’s agonising final two words

Camera IconCathy Barry said her brother ‘died begging for mercy’. NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short Credit: News Corp Australia

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Voluntary assisted dying: man’s agonising final two words

Camera IconTom Barry died from facial cancer in 2020. He is pictured in 2017, before the diagnosis. Credit: Supplied

“Tom died begging for mercy in the last weeks of his life, he could only say two words. One was ‘help’ and the other was ‘inhumane’,” she said.

“That’s why I’m here today because I can’t stand the thought of one more person in NSW going through that suffering.

“Tom had good palliative care … but no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t stop his terrible suffering.”

Voluntary assisted dying: man’s agonising final two words

Camera IconMr Barry was diagnosed when he was 69 years old and died six months later, in February 2020. Credit: Supplied

If made into law, the Bill would bring NSW in line with all other states in legalising voluntary euthanasia for people with incurable medical conditions who have fewer than 12 months to live.

Opponents have expressed concerns people may feel coerced to end their lives if the Bill passes and argue the state shouldn’t have the right to kill anyone.

Proponents have argued it would give terminally ill people greater control over their own lives and deaths.

“There is a stated and clear majority, and this Bill will pass,” said independent MP Alex Greenwich, who has been instrumental in bringing the Bill forward.

“It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when, and I call on my colleagues in the upper house to make sure they work constructively with me and other colleagues to facilitate the passage of this legislation.”

If there are amendments, those will be dealt with the following Wednesday, and assuming they’re agreed to, the Bill will be passed back down to the lower house again.

Voluntary assisted dying: man’s agonising final two words

Camera IconIndependent MP Alex Greenwich said the Bill was likely to pass. NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short Credit: News Corp Australia

Once the Bill becomes law, NSW Health will have 18 months to implement it, meaning people who would be eligible for voluntary assisted dying won’t get access to it until the end of next year at the earliest.

Mr Greenwich urged MPs who are against the Bill not to put forward “hostile amendments” to stall the Bill’s passage.

“It’s not just the Bill that they’re prolonging, and it’s not just the Bill that they’re delaying – they are prolonging people’s pain and suffering … they are playing with people’s lives and playing with people’s deaths,” he said.

A coalition of religious aged care providers said on Wednesday that if the Bill passed, it should have a provision so that homes where staff oppose assisted dying could refuse to help carry it out.

“If voluntary assisted dying is to be voluntary for the public, then any VAD scheme should be voluntary for clinical staff and medical officers and for the organisations that they work for,” a joint statement from HammondCare, Anglicare and Catholic Health Australia said.

“We ask (upper house MPs) to not create unnecessary division by enabling the assisted death of residents a precondition to providing aged care in this state.”

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