TERMINALLY-ILL patients could end their life within 10 days of their initial request under proposed new laws to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, to be tabled in Parliament today, halves the 14-day "cooling off period" originally proposed in the draft model.
Instead patients would only have to wait a week between making a written request and administering the life-ending medication.
In that time, two medical practitioners must confirm that the patient's diagnosis and prognosis makes them eligible and alternatives must be discussed.
The private members' bill, co- sponsored by the Greens Nick McKim and Labor's Lara Giddings, will be debated during this year's final parliamentary sitting week next month.
Mr McKim said he first pushed to legalise euthanasia in 2009 after being moved by the stories of people like Robert Cordover, who suffered motor neurone disease, and Elizabeth Godfrey, who suffered pain so intolerable she asked her son to take her life.
"Robert and Elizabeth are no longer with us but I promised their families that I would keep working to reform the law," Mr McKim said.
Ms Giddings said polls consistently showed that the majority of Tasmanians were supportive of the reform.
"What we are proposing is a last resort option for people suffering terrible pain which cannot be effectively managed or relieved," Ms Giddings said.
"Who are we to say to an independent, competent adult that they must continue to live with pain and suffering, rather than allowing them to end their life at the time of their choosing?"
All three parties will give members a conscience vote on the issue.
Despite additional safeguards to ensure the patient is making an informed decision, it is unlikely to get the support of the majority of MPs with Speaker Michael Polley and three other Labor MHAs believed to be opposed.
More than 900 public submissions were received in response to the draft model released in February.