Shayne Higson finished 7th out of 16 candidates in the by-election
The Voluntary Euthanasia Party (VEP) contested the vacant seat of Wentworth in the October 20th by-election in order to send a strong message to both major parties on an issue that is supported by 85% of Australians. That message was to remove the increasing interference of the religious right in Australian politics and to pass assisted dying legislation.
It took over four weeks for the overall results for all candidates to be finalised and we are pleased to report that Shayne Higson finished in 7th place out of the 16 candidates who ran, finishing ahead of all the other minor parties who contested the by-election.
It was always going to be a difficult contest, with the three major parties running as well as three strong independents and ten minor party candidates; however, Shayne is very pleased with the result. On first preference votes Shayne actually placed eighth but in the final count that position changed to seventh after the preferences of the eliminated candidates were distributed.
“We all knew I could not win the seat of Wentworth but by running I was able to keep assisted dying law reform on the political agenda,” said Shayne.
“I am pleased that we were able to make each of the candidates address this issue and pledge their support and I am very happy that Dr Kerryn Phelps, a former President of the AMA, and the new member for Wentworth, is now a supporter of voluntary assisting dying legislation.”
Shayne would like to thank all those who volunteered to help on the pre-polling booths in the Wentworth by-election as well as on election day and those who supported the VEP’s campaign by making donations.
Shayne Higson with Dr Kerryn Phelps
Looking towards the NSW State Election on 23 March 2019
Shayne Higson is an experienced candidate having run as the lead candidate for the VEP in four elections over the past five years. She is now working towards the NSW state election to be held on 23 March 2019, in which she has once again been endorsed as the lead upper candidate for the VEP.
“Next year will be my fifth election campaign and it will be the most important one. The last VAD Bill failed to pass the NSW upper house by just one vote, so if I can win the last seat, it could make all the difference.”
The NSW Branch of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party has begun its preparations for the March election and it is not too soon to put up your hand to volunteer, either for the pre-polling or to hand out the 'How To Vote' materials on the Saturday 23 March.
"Over one quarter of my votes in the Wentworth by-election came during the weeks of pre-polling, so I would love to have volunteers willing to man most of the pre-polling booths in the weeks leading up to election day," said Shayne.
If you would like to help out next year, please register your interest here.
In order to run an effective campaign in next year's NSW Election, the Voluntary Euthanasia Party NSW will need to raise substantial funds,. The sooner we can raise some money, the sooner we can start planning the best way to get our message out to voters.
If you can help by making a donation, it will be greatly appreciated. Donations are tax deductible up to $1,500 per financial year. Please use the link below to donate to the NSW branch.