Functions and powers of the committee
On 10 August 2017, the Legislative Assembly agreed to the following resolution -
1. That a Joint Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council on End of Life Choices be established.
2. That the Committee inquire into and report on the need for laws in Western Australia to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end of life choices and, in particular, the Committee should –
(a) assess the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end of life when experiencing chronic and/or terminal illnesses, including the role of palliative care;
3. That the Joint Select Committee consist of eight members, of whom –
(b) review the current framework of legislation, proposed legislation and other relevant reports and materials in other Australian States and Territories and overseas jurisdictions;
(c) consider what type of legislative change may be required, including an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation; and
(d) examine the role of Advanced Health Directives, Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Guardianship laws and the implications for individuals covered by these instruments in any proposed legislation.
(a) four will be members of the Assembly; and
4. The Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly relating to Standing and Select Committees will be followed as far as they can be applied.
(b) four will be members of the Council.
5. That the Joint Select Committee report to both Houses no later than twelve months after the Committee has been established.
The Legislative Assembly requested that the Legislative Council agree to a similar resolution.
On 23 August 2017, the Legislative Council agreed to the Assembly's resolution and the Committee was thereby established.