July 1st, the day before the 2016 Federal Election, marks the 20th anniversary of the Northern Territory’s “Rights of the Terminally Ill” (ROTI) Act
The ROTI legislation was the world’s first law that would allow a terminally ill patient to receive a legal lethal injection from a doctor. The law was in existence for only eight months before Federal parliament passed legislation proposed by Kevin Andrews, Liberal member for the Victorian seat of Menzies, that overturned the Territory law.
While the ROTI Act was in place, Dr Nitschke helped four terminally ill patients to die.
Since 1997, there has been many attempts to pass legislation similar to the NT ROTI Act in the various states of Australia, all have so far failed. An impediment to the passage of such laws has been the ongoing presence of Kevin Andrews in Canberra, occupying a number of senior cabinet and ministerial roles.
The Voluntary Euthanasia Party (VEP) was formed in 2013 to campaign for the reintroduction of euthanasia legislation into Australia. The VEP would like to see the removal of Kevin Andrews and his ilk as they are out of step with the majority of the general public, who have consistently polled at 75-85% in favour of voluntary euthanasia over the last twenty years.
The Voluntary Euthanasia Party has endorsed candidate Jay Franklin to stand against Kevin Andrews in his seat of Menzies in the upcoming Federal election. David Scanlon and Miranda Jones will seek Victorian VEP Senate seats.
A Crowd Funding “Dump Kevin” Andrews campaign has been extremely successful, raising over $24,000 in under 2 weeks.
Speaking from Melbourne, Jay said, “I’m not surprised there has been strong financial support for my campaign from across Australia. It is a measure of just how much the majority of Australians want to see the re-introduction of good euthanasia legislation, and the removal of the politicians who have done so much to prevent this from happening.”
For Information: Jay Franklin 0449 262 280 or David Scanlon 0439 319 664
Published: 22nd June, 2016