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Work needed on Vic euthanasia laws: govt

AAP logoAAP 7/12/2016 Angus Livingston

The Victoria government says more work is needed before assisted dying laws could be introduced as recommended by a parliamentary committee.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday afternoon announced how the government will plot a "way forward" on assisted dying in limited circumstances.

It's tipped Labor will establish an expert panel to advise on an appropriate model.

Legislation could then be put to parliament sometime in 2017 with all MPs voting according to their conscience.

The government on Thursday morning tabled its official response to the cross-party committee which in June called for limited voluntary euthanasia.

It says the report lacked legal, clinical and organisational detail regarding implementation.

"Further significant and detailed work would need to be undertaken considering the implementation of this recommendation," the government's response states.

"Rigorous review of the assisted dying framework should be undertaken including safety and quality considerations."

The government in its response does support "end of life" plans to be made a part of the Victorian health system.

The Australian Medical Association opposes euthanasia and wants an "opt-out" option for doctors if legislation is passed so practitioners who morally object aren't forced to help patients die.

However, Victorian branch president Lorraine Baker also acknowledged community attitudes on assisted dying had changed and said the AMA wants to be involved in the development of any legislation.

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