Shayne Higson to run in Wentworth

The Voluntary Euthanasia Party (VEP) will be contesting the vacant seat of Wentworth in the upcoming by-election. It will send a strong message to both major parties on an issue that is supported by 85% of Australians. That message is to remove the increasing interference of the religious right in Australian politics and to pass assisted dying legislation. Shayne Higson is an experienced candidate having run as the lead candidate for the VEP in three elections over the past five years but she also has strong ties to Wentworth. Shayne was born, raised and educated in the electorate and throughout her life has lived in Bellevue Hill, Paddington and now Queens Park. Shayne, who has been campaigning for assisted dying law reform for five years, following the death of her mother from brain cancer in 2012, said she felt motivated to stand in this by-election for a number of reasons. Read More...

The Truth About End of Life Choices Forum

On Sunday 11 November 2018, five hundred people gathered at North Sydney Leagues Club to hear Andrew Denton in conversation with a panel of eminent health professionals as they discussed the reality of end of life care in Australia and the choices we face when we die. This important forum was co-hosted by the Voluntary Euthanasia Party NSW, Dying with Dignity NSW, Go Gentle Australia, Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice and Christians Supporting Choice for Voluntary Euthanasia. The panellists included Dr Rodney Syme, Dr David Leaf, Dr Jill Gordon, Nurse Coral Levett and Jan and Jessica Edwards. The event was live streamed on Facebook so hundreds of others who could not attend the forum didn’t miss out. You can view the full two hour forum including the Q&A section. Read More...

The Voluntary Euthanasia Party to Contest the 2019 NSW Election

The NSW Branch of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party will contest upper house seats in the next NSW Election to be held on Saturday 23 March 2019.  

Victoria Passes Assisted Dying Law

On 29 November 2017, less than two weeks after the NSW VAD Bill failed to pass in the NSW Upper House by just one, the Victorian Parliament made history by becoming the first Australian state to approve the introduction of a voluntary assisted dying scheme. The Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Law was the result of an impeccable process. Following a 10-month Parliamentary Inquiry Into End Of Life Choices, the most comprehensive of its kind ever held in Australia, the cross-party committee tabled its report in mid 2016, which included a recommendation to introduce voluntary assisted dying legislation. In December 2016, the Premier, Daniel Andrews, and his health minister, Jill Hennessy, announced they would follow that recommendation and they appointed a Ministerial Advisory Panel to draft their legislation led by former AMA President, Professor Brian Owler.  Nearly one year later, after more than 100 hours of debate across both houses of the Victorian Parliament and two demanding all-night sittings, Lower House MPs ratified the Victorian Government’s amended Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. Outside Parliament House, Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, told reporters that “This is a day of reform, a day of compassion and a day of giving control to those who are terminally ill….I’m proud we have put compassion right at the centre of our parliamentary and political process."

17 September 2017 - Assisted Dying Laws To Be Debated in NSW and Victoria

Australia's two biggest states are due to debate assisted dying laws in October and November.   In New South Wales, a cross-party working group spent two years consulting a range of key stakeholder organisations and took the best parts of similar legislation across the world to draft the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017. In May they released a Public Consultation Draft and after further amendments, the Bill is to be introduced into the NSW Upper House on 21st September.    In Victoria, the process has also been impeccable. Following a 10-month Parliamentary Inquiry Into End Of Life Choices, the most comprehensive of its kind ever held in Australia, the cross-party committee tabled its report one year ago, which included a recommendation to introduce voluntary assisted dying legislation. In December last year, the Premier, Daniel Andrews, and his health minister, Jill Hennessy, announced they would follow that recommendation and they appointed a Ministerial Advisory Panel to draft their legislation led by former AMA President, Professor Brian Owler. Victoria's assisted dying bill is due to be introduced on Wednesday 20th September with the debate due in October.

25 May 2016 - Panel Debate: Lyle Shelton, Australian Christian Lobby and Shayne Higson, Voluntary Euthanasia Party

Panel Debate: Lyle Shelton, Australian Christian Lobby and Shayne Higson, Voluntary Euthanasia Party   Tony Jones conducts a live panel debate on the ABC's Lateline program between Mr Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, and Ms Shayne Higson of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party. Higson decided to enter politics after her mother died in palliative care and she is now running for a Senate seat in NSW. Read More...

7 May 2016 - Mothers' deaths convince Rachel Friend and Tracey Spicer to back voluntary euthanasia campaign

Mothers' deaths convince Rachel Friend and Tracey Spicer to back voluntary euthanasia campaign "I just want it to be over," Rachel Friend's mother told doctors. "Never let me have another seizure," Shayne Higson's mother implored her daughters. Before she spent her final days in a palliative care unit screaming in pain, Tracey Spicer's mother had begged, "Don't let me suffer". In a Northern Beaches park, the three women are talking about their mothers, about missing their mothers, and sharing a complex mix of emotion: love, loss, guilt, horror and rage.   Read More...

11 March 2015 - Voluntary Euthanasia Party candidate Shayne Higson on life, death and the law

The Voluntary Euthanasia Party's lead candidate in the 2015 NSW State Election, Shayne Higson, puts her case for changing the law on assisted dying following her mother's harrowing experience. With its purple cover and neat, rounded handwriting, the book looks as innocent as a schoolgirl's diary. But it tells a savage story. "I know that I have failed Mum. She trusted me to make sure she would not suffer in the end." Shayne Higson, a 55-year-old photographer, wrote those words in late 2012 as she recorded her elderly mother's final days with brain cancer.   Read More...

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