In November 2017, the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017) failed to pass in the NSW upper house by just one vote. However, the cross-party Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying, who put forward that bill, have promised to reintroduce similar legislation in the second half of 2019.
Although a new assisted dying bill for NSW is probably at least 6 months away, there are many ways that you can support change.
Following the March state election there are a number of new members in the NSW Parliament. It is not too soon to contact your local MP (Lower House) and ask them to support the next NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, which is expected to be introduced later this year. It would also be good to write to upper house members asking for their support as well.
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
Click here for Upper House MPs contact details for posting a letter
If you are able to post a letter to your local MP he or she will realise that this is an important issue to you.
Click for contact details of all Lower House MPs
Click here to find your state electorate, if you are unsure.