The current Federal law discriminates against Australians on the ground of geography. Both the Northern Territory (NT) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have been unable to legislate for voluntary assisted dying laws since The Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996 was narrowly passed by our Federal Parliament. This law stripped the NT Parliament of its ability to pass any laws permitting voluntary assisted dying. The Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 then extended this restriction to the ACT.
From August 14 to 16 the Senate will debate a private member’s bill, Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill. If passed, the bill will not revive the the NT’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995, but it will allow the Parliaments of the ACT and NT to again pass voluntary assisted dying laws, if they wish.
Please help Dying with Dignity to support this bill, which is really about all Australians being treated equally.
Contact NSW Senators who will vote on the bill by sending a letter, an email or having a face-to-face meeting with the Senator.