Most Australians support voluntary assisted dying BUT a passive majority will NOT get this law passed.
In November 2017, the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017) failed to pass in the NSW upper house by just one vote. We had expected another VAD Bill to be introduced in late 2019 but the acrimonious debate over abortion reform was very damaging, creating bitter divisions in the parliament, particularly within the Liberal Party between their moderate and hard right factions. At this stage we do not know what the prospects are for VAD legislation in NSW.
Despite this, we are continuing our work and focusing on building grassroots support in the community. The most important thing we can do is encourage supporters of VAD to lobby their local MPs to make them realise how strongly the community feels about VAD laws.
It is not too soon to contact your local MP (Lower House) and ask them to support the next NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, whenever it is introduced. It would also be good to write to upper house members asking for their support as well.
Dying with Dignity NSW have produced a useful booklet explaining how you can get involved in the campaign for voluntary assisted dying laws in NSW. You can view the PDF here – HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Handwritten personal letters are most effective, but email is fine if you are unable to write/mail a letter. Or do both.
Explain why you support voluntary assisted dying. Do you have a terminal illness? Have you experienced the bad death of a loved one? Are you a health care professional who has been involved in end of life care? If you have a personal story related to suffering without access to end-of-life choice, please tell your MP all about it. If you are posting a letter to your MP, maybe you can include a photo or two to make it more personal.For help with writing, click here for our letter-writing guide
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Remember, a posted letter will be taken more seriously by your local MP.
Why not become a local advocate? Click this link to find out How You Can Get Involved in the Campaign for Voluntary Assisted Dying in NSW.