‘Emotional’ end-of-life forum in Wanneroo

A forum in Wanneroo on assisted dying has been described as 'deeply moving'.
A forum in Wanneroo on assisted dying has been described as 'deeply moving'.

ALMOST 200 people attended Monday’s forum on end-of-life choices in Wanneroo.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton decided to host the March 11 forum because the State Government plans to introduce a Bill into State Parliament later this year to provide for voluntary assisted dying in WA.

A panel of experts led by former WA Governor Malcolm McCusker is drafting the Bill and Labor MPs will be given a conscience vote when it goes to parliament.

Ms Winton said the emotional forum was informative and “deeply moving and powerful” as people asked questions and shared their personal stories.

“I personally strongly believe in legislating for voluntary assisted dying, however, as a Member of Parliament it is important for me to listen to my residents so I can best represent them and be their voice,” she said.

Alannah MacTiernan addresses the forum.

“This is a very sensitive topic for many people but it is an important discussion that our community needs and wants to have.

“This was demonstrated by the enormous turn out that we received for this End of Life Choices Forum, the first to be held in the State on this legislation.”

Guest panellists included North Metropolitan MLC Alannah MacTiernan and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson.

My Life My Choice report