24 Oct 2019

Referendum on Euthanasia bill - How will New Zealanders vote?

From First Up, 5:51 am on 24 October 2019

Last night MPs narrowly voted in favour of a public vote on voluntary euthanasia. The End of Life Choice Bill - which would allow terminally ill adults to request assisted dying - has been making its way through Parliament, with MPs last night deciding on a number of proposed changes, including putting it to a referendum - a condition of New Zealand First's support at the final vote. 63 voted in favour of a referendum - while 57 voted against. It means New Zealand will vote on the issue at next year's election, if the bill passes its third and final reading in November.