A PROPOSAL to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania has generated a huge reaction.
More than 150 submissions have been received so far in response to a discussion paper on a proposed model of "voluntary assisted dying".
The model would form the basis of legislation Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim plan to introduce jointly as a private members' bill later this year.
Ms Giddings and Mr McKim released the discussion paper at the start of the month, requesting feedback on the model, saying the overwhelming majority supported reform of the laws in this area.
The proposed model restricts access to terminally ill adults in advanced stages of their disease, who live in Tasmania and are mentally competent.
People with dementia or depression would not be considered.
Euthanasia advocates have welcomed the proposed model as a major step forward, although they are concerned it does not go far enough because it does not allow people to make a request in advance.
However, the change has been strongly resisted by the Australian Christian Lobby, which has argued it is impossible to create a system that is not susceptible to abuse.
Ms Giddings and Mr McKim hope to have new laws in place by the end of the year.
It is set to be an emotional debate in Parliament with all parties expected to grant a conscience vote.
Responses should be sent to GPO Box 123, Hobart, Tasmania 7001 or emailed to email@example.com