Two strong candidates to contest upper house seats
We are proud to announce that Shayne Higson and Paul Gabrielides have been pre-selected for the upcoming NSW State Election as the lead upper house candidates for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party.
Shayne Higson has been associated with the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (VEP) since it was formed in 2013 and has contested three elections as the VEP's lead candidate in NSW over the past five years. Between elections Shayne has worked tirelessly on the campaign to legalise assisted dying in roles with Dying With Dignity NSW and Go Gentle Australia.
With the NSW State Election due to be held on 23 March 2019, Shayne is now focusing her efforts on achieving an upper house seat in the NSW Parliament.
"The NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill failed to pass by a single vote in November 2017. If we can achieve even one seat, we can ensure that the next Bill to come before the NSW Parliament passes into law, something that 82% of NSW voters want."
In 2019 Shayne Higson will be joined by Paul Gabrielides, whose late wife Annie was the 'face' of Dying with Dignity's 2017 NSW campaign.
In early 2017, Paul and Annie, and their children invited Dying with Dignity NSW into their home to produce a video that has now been viewed by over 250,000 people. Annie had been diagnosed with the 'bastard' disease, Motor Neurone Disease (MND), just six months earlier and she spent the little time she had left campaigning for the right to die with dignity.
Annie started a Change.org petition that featured their video, a petition that has now achieved over 115,000 signatures.
Sadly, Annie passed away in January this year but Paul is determined to continue their fight.
"I promised Anne that I will, like her, leave nothing in reserve in my fight to ensure this law is changed, and the people of our state and our nation achieve SELF-DETERMINATION."