Tracey Spicer & Shayne Higson
The Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) was the first state branch of the VEP to be registered in Australia.
Following our registration in February 2014, the party worked steadily on a grassroots campaign in the lead up to the NSW state election held on the 28th March 2015.
A successful launch of the 2015 Election Campaign was held on the 12th November 2014 in Sydney with around 100 members attending. The launch provided a great opportunity to introduce many of the VEP's upper house candidates and we were honoured to have a special guest speaker, media personality and journalist, Tracey Spicer.
In order to give ourselves the best chance of achieving a voice in the NSW Parliament, the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) stood 15 upper house candidates. Without at least 15 candidates, voters would have been forced to number boxes below the line, which we knew would reduce our chance of success.
By standing 15 candidates, we gained a Group Voting Square ‘above the line’ and by voting 1 for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party voters could send a strong message to the major parties, that it is time to introduce a humane, voluntary assisted dying law.
Shayne Higson was endorsed as the VEP (NSW)'s number one candidate in early 2014, however, by November 2014, we had another 17 potential upper house candidates, each with their own personal story or simply a strong belief that dying with dignity should be a basic human right.
By March 2015 we had selected a diverse group of candidates, from the very young to the very old, from the city to the country, men and women. Our youngest candidate was 21 year old Joshua Britt who was studying political science at Sydney Uni and our oldest candidate was Donald Bayley, who was forced to travel to the other side of the world so that his terminally ill wife could die on her own terms. Other candidates included Natasha Mulhall whose mother, Loredana, has advanced, progressive multiple sclerosis and has been fighting for law reform for years.
You can view all our candidates by going to Candidates – NSW State 2015.
Donald Bayley and Joshua Britt
One of the most important messages that we needed to convey to supporters of voluntary assisted dying law reform, who were considering voting for the VEP, was that there was a significant difference between the 2013 Senate election and the NSW state election and that was, every voter chooses their own preferences.
The major parties often try to discourage voters from voting for a single issue, minor party, like ours, saying it is a ‘wasted vote’ or that ‘your vote will end up with a party not of your choosing’. This is simply not true for an upper house election in NSW. Our party did not, and will not, direct preferences. In NSW state elections, voters can vote 1 for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party and then choose to place the number 2 in the box for the party that they would normally vote for, be that Liberal or Labor, Nationals or Greens or even another minor party.
By voting 1 for the VEP, voters can ensure that we will have the best possible chance of representation in the NSW Parliament but after that they can choose to direct their own second, or further preferences, to any other parties of their choice.
This will always be the most important message to convey to others if you want to encourage them to vote for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) and help us bring about voluntary assisted law reform that is supported by over 82% of people in NSW (Newspoll December 2012).
So, how can you help the VEP in NSW?
Well, first of all you can spread the word among friends, family and any organisations to which you belong and persuade others to join.
If you are able to organise a meeting locally, depending on location, one of the executive will try to attend. If you think you may be able to help in any way, please contact us. We are a people-driven party.
We should also mention funding. Not a single cent goes on wages and we offer free membership, however, running a political party and election campaigns is costly and we always need funds to produce brochures and other election material.
If you are able to help by making any donation (they are tax deductible to $1500) it will be gratefully received.
You can either...
1. Donate via the donate page on the website at https://vep.nationbuilder.com/vep_nsw_donate
Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW), P.O. Box 21, Mosman NSW 2088
2. Make an electronic funds transfer to our Commonwealth Bank account:
Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW)
(Be sure to include your full name in the reference so we can send a receipt)
To contact the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) Executive directly, write to email@example.com
or call Shayne Higson on 0403 625 456.
ABN 99 740 574 824
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