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The introduction of voluntary assisted dying legislation in Western Australia moved a step closer this week.

The lower house of Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill yesterday.

The legislation was introduced in early August aimed to enable safe and compassionate voluntary assisted dying in Western Australia.

The Bill passed through the lower house without any amendments. It followed two years of community consultation in 11 metropolitan and regional centres across the state. It was the biggest consultation undertaken by WA Health.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said it was historic moment for Western Australia.

“Today we took a significant step forward to giving Western Australians with a life-limiting or terminal illness the dignity they deserve at the end of their lives.”

WA Health Minister Roger Cook said voluntary assisted dying had widespread community support.

“It will provide Western Australians who are at the end of their life and experiencing intolerable suffering with an additional choice.”

The Bill will now go to the upper house where the vote is expected to be much closer.