The debate stretched across the week, on and on. By midnight on Thursday last week, amidst rancour and emotion, a vote still hadn't been finalised. Finally, after a marathon 26-hour sitting, the assisted-dying bill, which allows terminally ill patients to access drugs that can be used to end their lives, passed through the lower house of the Victorian Parliament: 47-37. That was supposed to be the easy part; the bill now faces tight numbers in the upper house.

During the debates over the bill in the lower house, both proponents and opponents sought the buttressing of expert opinion, which is understandable given the sensitivity and complexity of the issue.