Inconsistency between illegality and prosecution - even though 92 Britons have gone overseas for an assisted suicide, no relatives have ever been prosecuted for assisting them - some were charged, to later find that the charges were dropped. This discrepancy between the law and legal action prompted Debbie Purdy to launch a case to clarify whether her husband would be risking prosecution if he helped her travel to a clinic in Switzerland to die. On 30th August, 2009 a decision was made that the Director of Public Prosecutions had to clarify what the enforcement of the Suicide Act 1961 entailed.
On September 21st 2017 National Party MLC Trevor Khan introduced the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 into the New South Wales Parliament . The Bill is modelled on the Oregon Death With Dignity Act , and and was developed by a cross party working group that considered 72 "substantial" submissions.  The Bill contains " a raft of safeguards" including a seven person oversight board to review all assisted deaths.  . Debate on the Bill is expected to be debated in November 2017 and decided by a conscience vote .