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New assisted dying laws 'within two years'

Fledgling Labor frontbencher Nat Cook is emerging as the likely candidate to carry the torch for voluntary euthanasia in parliament this term, as right-to-die advocates grapple with the absence of a generation of Lower House champions for change.

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Speaker Michael Atkinson had the deliberative vote, but the euthanasia bill was defeated after Steven Griffiths, John Rau, Troy Bell and Dan Van Holst Pellekaan changed their vote between the second and third reading divisions. Photos: Nat Rogers / InDaily
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Why did these MPs change their vote on voluntary euthanasia?

UPDATED: The architect of the voluntary euthanasia bill that was killed off by a single vote in state parliament early this morning says he doesn’t know whether he will pursue controversial right-to-die legislation again.