A parliamentary committee has recommended the introduction of new laws to permit euthanasia and assisted suicide in Western Australia.
Morley MP Amber-Jade Sanderson tabled a 600-page report of a committee on the controversial issue on Thursday morning containing the proposal, which would permit those dying from a condition causing "grievous and irremediable suffering" to self-administer a "lethal medication".
The legislation would permit a doctor to euthanise a patient in circumstances where they cannot self-administer.
Ms Sanderson said about 10 per cent of suicides in WA were by people with terminal or debilitating illness.
"The committee concludes that the current lawful options available to people experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering at end of life are inadequate, and can be exceptionally difficult for the dying person and for their family and friends," she said.
"Unnecessary suffering at end of life, and broad community agreement regarding individual autonomy, form the basis for the committee’s recommendation that the Western Australian Government draft and introduce a Bill for Voluntary Assisted Dying.
"In the words of submitter Mr James Hindle, 'the ultimate act of compassion is surely
to allow someone to choose to end their suffering, even when we want them to stay
The parliamentary inquiry said a panel of lawyers, health experts and health consumers should be formed to draft the legislation.
The panel would provide a mechanism for the government to consult with "key stakeholders" during the drafting of the bill, Ms Sanderson said.
She also acknowledged euthanasia opponents would oppose the process recommended by the committee.
"Those who fundamentally oppose the introduction of voluntary assisted dying lack rigorous evidence to back up their claims," Ms Sanderson said.
Parliament launched the inquiry after the 2017 state election, forming a bipartisan committee including MPs who have been on record both supporting and opposing euthanasia.
The 12-month inquiry received about 700 submissions and held 81 public hearings.
Rallies were held outside Parliament House after the tabling of the report by both euthanasia supporters and opponents.