Tasmania is on the verge of becoming the third state to legalise euthanasia.
The Australian Associated Press report that late last night, voluntary assisted dying legislation passed the state’s lower house.
Members voted 16-6 in favour of the bill late on Thursday night after lengthy debate throughout the week.
To become law, the bill must be given a second green light by the upper house, where it was introduced and passed unanimously late last year.
Premier Peter Gutwein was among a handful of Liberals to support the bill in a conscience vote, which allowed all MPs to vote along personal preferences.
All nine Labor members voted for the legislation as did both Greens MPs.
It is the fourth time proposed euthanasia laws have come before Tasmania’s parliament.
Similar laws exist in Western Australia and Victoria.
Gutwein, who has voted against voluntary assisted dying in the past, said it had become “easier to say yes than no” as the debate progressed over the years.
Labor leader Rebecca White said it was a proud day for the state, while Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said it was a step to making Tasmania a kinder and more compassionate place.