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VAD debate drags on

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A final Legislative Council vote has been postponed on the latest bid to allow terminally ill Tasmanians to end their lives.

Members have supported the need for a third reading, which will take place after the House sits on November 10.

Mersey MLC Mike Gaffney's Voluntary Assisted Dying laws look set to pass the Upper House, but face a far tighter vote in the House of Assembly next month.

Mr Gaffney has acknowledged the support of the House.

"The work and effort by everyone to get the bill to this place has been tremendous. Some people are saying there lots of amendments, well one was from Commissioner to Commission, so I just want to put that on the record, all bills get strengthened and all bills get amendments and I'm happy about that because that makes it a better bill."

Among the amendments being discussed today was the application for all nursing homes to have access to VAD.

"I'm sensing the majority of members here are supporting of VAD so of course it should be accessible in any area in Tasmania, whether that be an aged care facility, a hospital or in the community, of course it should be, but I also live in the real world and in the real world we know that care institutions are restricting access to essential medical conditions and treatments," Member for Huon Dr Bastian Seidel.

Members told the House they want more time to consider all the amendments.