As per The Guardian, Australia's territories have appealed to the Federal Government to pass a Bill restoring their rights to vote on and legislate Voluntary Assisted Dying.
“It comes down to democratic rights and our human rights,” she said. “We’re being treated differently by virtue of living in a territory.”
If this bill passes federal parliament, it will not automatically legalise voluntary assisted dying in the territories. Those legislatures will need to pass their own legislation.
Territory leaders have unanimously urged their federal counterparts to pass a bill restoring their rights to make laws on voluntary assisted dying.
“Territorians know what is best for the Northern Territory,” the NT chief minister, Natasha Fyles, said.
"The territories minister, Kristy McBain, said last month the government would propose a private member’s bill “as soon as possible” to give back power to the Australian Capital Territory and the NT to make their own laws on euthanasia. The move will reverse a 25-year ban on the territories enacting such legislation which began in 1997 after the Howard government – championed by Liberal MP Kevin Andrews – overturned the NT’s 1995 legislation on the matter."
Liberal senator David Van said he was still considering the issue and wanted to see the final detail of Labor’s bill but indicated open mind.
“Would I vote for voluntary assisted dying? No,” he said. “But I see the job of government as getting out of people’s lives to the extent they possibly can, so I’m sympathetic to the fact that this is people’s choice.”
For more information, read The Guardian article here.
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