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WA premier wants euthanasia bill by 2018

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan says he hopes to introduce a euthanasia bill into parliament by next year.

Lengthy debate has begun in state parliament about establishing a joint select committee to examine the need for laws to allow citizens to make informed decisions about their own “end of life” choices.

McGowan said he wanted a bipartisan approach to the issue. “We want everyone to be part of the process of coming up with laws that are acceptable both to the parliament and to the community,” he said.

“Personally, I am supportive of voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill people with safeguards in place and I’ll be voting for it.”

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