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UTAS review of euthanasia due

An independent review of laws that would potentially apply to voluntary assisted dying in Tasmania is due to be handed to the state government today.

The University of Tasmania was asked to provide the report by the Premier to ensure any weaknesses are addressed before MPs take a final vote on its legalisation.

Live and Die Well's Ben Smith is disconcerted at the potentially short time parliamentarians will have to digest the material.

"There was a vote on the bill before Christmas which was 17 to 7, so there's clearly support for the concept of the bill, but the devil's in the detail and that's what this review was supposed to really delve into and it's important there's proper time for consideration to get it right."

With the upper house of parliament first passing the legislation and its strong support now in the lower house, it appears only a matter of time before the state adopts voluntary assisted dying.