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‘The day compassion won’: Siobhan takes comfort from voluntary dying laws

Siobhan O’Sullivan is approaching her final days but a historic vote in NSW parliament has given her the comfort of knowing people in her situation will be able to choose when they take their final breath.

Two decades after the parliament first debated voluntary assisted dying, euthanasia was legalised in NSW on Thursday, bringing the state in line with the rest of Australia.

  • Alexandra Smith
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

Only the territories have not passed similar laws. However, it is likely to take 18 months before terminally ill people can access assisted dying in NSW – which may be too late for O’Sullivan, who has already lived longer with ovarian cancer than expected.

The academic, who was diagnosed with the…

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