Victoria will become the first state in Australia to legalise euthanasia

In two days' time, Victoria will become the first state in Australia where euthanasia is legal.

It comes as David Seymour's assisted dying bill faces a crucial vote in Wellington and he's urging politicians to follow their lead.

For Margaret Radmore death will soon be certain. The only question is when and how.

"I was terrified of the thought of having a bad death and all that goes with it," she told Newshub.

The Melbourne grandmother has terminal bowel cancer, but now she has a choice how her life will end.

In two days' time, her home state Victoria will be the only place in Australia where euthanasia is legal.

"I feel so grateful that my children and people that are really important to me are not going to see me suffer," she said.

Assisted dying in Victoria has many conditions. There are 68 safeguards to prevent abuse.

Patients need to be of sound mind, 18 or over, have a terminal illness with six months to live or 12 months for a neuro-degenerative disease.

 So-called "suicide tourism" won't be possible either. Patients have to live in the state for a year.

 Conditions Victoria's Premier defends.

"We've been criticized by some that this doesn't go far enough, that it's too hard to access. This strikes the right balance," said Daniel Andrews.

That balance is still being struck in New Zealand where David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill will soon return for debate in the house.

 That bill today is narrower than when first written and more restrictive than Victoria's law.

But Seymour says euthanasia's time has come.

"I'm a bit annoyed our Aussie rivals have beaten us to getting this choice, but it's more reason why New Zealand politicians should be confident that legalising assisted dying is the right thing to do," said the ACT Party leader.

 They'll vote on the bill in Wellington next Wednesday, a week after Radmore in Victoria gets the right to decide how to end her life.



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