The Voluntary Euthanasia Party (VEP) is a minor political party, founded in early 2013 to advocate legislative change to allow voluntary euthanasia in Australia.
The party applied to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to be registered as a federal political party on 10 May 2013. The application was assessed on 20 May and the party was registered on 1 June 2013.
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.
The VEP held its inaugural AGM on 7 December 2015.
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Current Federal Executive Committee
Convenor – Kerry Bromson
Deputy Convenor - Shayne Higson
Treasurer - Sandi Steep
Secretary -Penny Hackett
Committee Member - Tom Buckley
Committee Member - Kym Buckley
Committee Member - Julie Hanley
NSW Representative - Penny Hackett
Victorian Representative - Dermot Ryan