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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews embraced Health Minister Jill Hennessy after the vote. AAP: Julian Smith

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passes Victoria’s Lower House after 24-hour debate

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews embraced Health Minister Jill Hennessy after the vote. AAP: Julian Smith

Victoria’s controversial Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation has been passed in the Lower House of Parliament after a marathon debate that lasted more than 24 hours.

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passed 47 votes to 37, after a conscience vote.

The majority of Labor MPs backed the bill, along with two Greens, two independents and a handful of Coalition MPs.

The bill will now go to the 40-member Upper House, where the numbers are also tight, for debate in a fortnight.

If it gets through the Upper House, terminally ill people over the age of 18, in severe pain and with only a year to live will be able to access lethal drugs.

Premier Daniel Andrews said he was proud of the efforts of Health Minister Jill Hennessy, who was one of the driving forces behind the bill.

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