Voluntary Euthanasia Party welcomes End of Life Choices report recommending voluntary assisted dying legislation in Victoria

22nd June, 2016

The Voluntary Euthanasia Party welcomes the recommendations of the Victorian Parliamentary Committee’s Report into End of Life Choices.

“The recommendation of legislation that allows adults with decision making capacity, suffering from a serious and incurable condition who are at the end of life to be provided assistance to die in certain circumstances is an outstanding and long overdue development for Victorians and for all Australians,” said David Scanlon, Voluntary Euthanasia Party (VEP) Victorian Senate candidate.

“We applaud the Victorian Legal and Social Issues Committee’s recommendations. The Voluntary Euthanasia Party calls on Premier Daniel Andrews to introduce legislation providing Victorians with the option to have a dignified and peaceful death without suffering, at a time, place and manner of their choosing.

“Supporters of voluntary euthanasia can vote for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party’s Senate candidates and send a message to remind federal politicians that polling over 25 years has consistently shown that three out of four Australians support the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying.

“There is now a large body of evidence from overseas that demonstrates that voluntary assisted dying laws work safely and effectively. In Europe voluntary assisted dying is legal in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. In North America it is currently legal in five states - Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and California, with Canada about to enact legislation.

The VEP commends the determined efforts of Fiona Patten, Leader of the Australian Sex Party, to instigate the inquiry and the work of the Committee, which received more than 1000 submissions and conducted extensive research in countries which already have voluntary euthanasia legislation.

Today’s announcement coincides with a Voluntary Assisted Dying Forum being held in Parliament House in Sydney this morning with keynote speaker, Andrew Denton.

Convenor of the NSW branch of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) and Senate candidate, Shayne Higson, said she planned the event for this week to celebrate the legalisation of assisted dying in both California and Canada.

“I was delighted to hear the news from Victoria and the timing couldn’t have been better, as supporters of voluntary euthanasia in NSW have come together to discuss what a voluntary assisted dying law should look like in Australia,” said Ms Higson.

Media enquiries:

Victoria – VEP Senate Candidate - David Scanlon 0439 319 664

New South Wales – VEP Senate Candidate - Shayne Higson 0428 326 358

South Australia - VEP Senate Candidate – Jessica Knight 0450 722 847

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