EUTHANASIA advocates are claiming another victory after a controversial bill passed its first major hurdle in the Upper House in Victoria.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passed its second reading in the Upper House this afternoon 22-18 following a conscience vote.
The vote came after an emotionally-charged debate that included Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford tearfully recalling the final days of her 13-year-old daughter, Sinead.
"I don't know what it feels like to be told you are dying, but I do know how it feels to be told your child is dying," she said according to the Herald Sun.
"It is indescribably difficult to watch the decline and death of someone you love."
Ms Pulford was later comforted by Labor colleagues who themselves struggled to keep the tears from flowing.
Nine news reports that bill will now progress to the committee stage where it will be debated clause by clause.
Despite the passing of the second reading, the outcome of the bill will not be known for a "very, very long" time with any changes needing to be ratified in the Lower House before becoming law.