The Voluntary Euthanasia Party was created to provide the compassion, dignity and choice that current legislation is denying terminally and incurably ill Australians. The party hopes to provide a clear political outlet for the overwhelming public support for voluntary euthanasia. Over four in five Australians are in favour of new legislation and we wish to allow that sentiment to be clearly demonstrated at the ballot box. The Voluntary Euthanasia Party aims to ensure dignity in the final years of life, by raising the profile of this issue in order to engender the necessary political will for change.
We believe that people with a terminal or incurable illness deserve the right to make informed choices about the timing and manner of their death through appropriate and humane medical assistance.
We hope to bring about legislative change so that individuals are able to access medical assistance under strict guidelines to achieve a peaceful death.
We aim to ensure that people make voluntary and informed decisions and that the vulnerable are protected.
We support the formation of cross-party working groups to draft legislation so a Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, with strict safeguards, can be introduced as soon as possible.
The Voluntary Euthanasia Party (VEP) is a minor political party, founded in early 2013 by Corey McCann to advocate legislative change to allow voluntary euthanasia in Australia.
By running candidates for state and federal parliaments we hope to increase attention to our cause, and intensify pressure on other Members of Parliament to support pro-choice legislation.
One of the key ideas behind the formation of the VEP was to bring together the various voluntary euthanasia groups under a single political platform. When forming the VEP, Corey McCann consulted the executive of pro-voluntary euthanasia organisations including Philip Nitschke, the founder of Exit International and Richard Mills, the President of Dying With Dignity (NSW) in 2013.
Professor Ranjan Ray, former President of the Western Australia Voluntary Euthanasia Society, was the first Convenor of the VEP and he was succeeded by Kerry Bromson in 2014.