Assisted Dying Laws To Be Debated in NSW and Victoria

Australia's two biggest states are due to debate assisted dying laws in October and November.   In New South Wales, a cross-party working group spent two years consulting a range of key stakeholder organisations and took the best parts of similar legislation across the world to draft the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017. In May they released a Public Consultation Draft and after further amendments, the Bill is to be introduced into the NSW Upper House on 21st September.    In Victoria, the process has also been impeccable. Following a 10-month Parliamentary Inquiry Into End Of Life Choices, the most comprehensive of its kind ever held in Australia, the cross-party committee tabled its report one year ago, which included a recommendation to introduce voluntary assisted dying legislation. In December last year, the Premier, Daniel Andrews, and his health minister, Jill Hennessy, announced they would follow that recommendation and they appointed a Ministerial Advisory Panel to draft their legislation led by former AMA President, Professor Brian Owler. Victoria's assisted dying bill is due to be introduced on Wednesday 20th September with the debate due in October.

Panel Debate: Lyle Shelton, Australian Christian Lobby and Shayne Higson, Voluntary Euthanasia Party

Panel Debate: Lyle Shelton, Australian Christian Lobby and Shayne Higson, Voluntary Euthanasia Party   Tony Jones conducts a live panel debate on tonight’s ABC Lateline program between Mr Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, and Ms Shayne Higson of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party. Higson decided to enter politics after her mother died in palliative care and she is now running for a Senate seat in NSW. Read More...

Tracey Spicer to back voluntary euthanasia campaign

Mothers' deaths convince Rachel Friend, Tracey Spicer to back voluntary euthanasia campaign "I just want it to be over," Rachel Friend's mother told doctors. "Never let me have another seizure," Shayne Higson's mother implored her daughters. Before she spent her final days in a palliative care unit screaming in pain, Tracey Spicer's mother had begged, "Don't let me suffer". In a Northern Beaches park, the three women are talking about their mothers, about missing their mothers, and sharing a complex mix of emotion: love, loss, guilt, horror and rage.   Read More...

Voluntary Euthanasia Party candidate Shayne Higson on life, death and the law

The Voluntary Euthanasia Party's lead candidate in the 2015 NSW State Election, Shayne Higson, puts her case for changing the law on assisted dying following her mother's harrowing experience. With its purple cover and neat, rounded handwriting, the book looks as innocent as a schoolgirl's diary. But it tells a savage story. "I know that I have failed Mum. She trusted me to make sure she would not suffer in the end." Shayne Higson, a 55-year-old photographer, wrote those words in late 2012 as she recorded her elderly mother's final days with brain cancer.   Read More...

Australia-first panel to debate legalising medically-assisted dying in Port Macquarie

ABC radio personality Tony Delroy will moderate an Australian-first Dying with Dignity forum at Port Panthers Auditorium on March 14. A recent survey revealed 85 per cent of Australians were in favour of legalising medically assisted dying for the terminally and incurably ill. Port Macquarie DWD convenor Annie Quadroy said the forum would discuss and debate all the important issues. "We are delighted that eminent Australians on the topic have confirmed their participation, and it will be the first time in Australia that these renowned Australians will be sharing the same stage," she said.   Read More...

No small thing: Meet the micros with eyes on March

This article in the Sun Herald in January 2015 provided some great publicity for the VEP in NSW prior to the State Election, especially the part about preferences. The Voluntary Euthanasia Party participated in Druery’s preferencing at the federal election. But NSW Lead candidate, Shayne Higson says this won’t work in NSW. Euthanasia is an issue which resonates with middle aged and elderly voters across the political spectrum, she says. Supporters will be asked to "send a message" to the Baird Government on the need for euthanasia reform by voting for VEP and then choose their own second preference. Read More...

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