This page relates to the NSW state branch of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party.
The purpose of the VEP is to promote dignity, respect and care for all Australians, particularly by promoting legislative schemes and policies that allow for voluntary assisted dying and voluntary euthanasia.
How can you help the VEP in NSW?
We need help spreading the word. You can help us today by contacting two friends and having a conversation with them about your support for voluntary assisted dying law reform. Chances are they also support assisted dying. In fact, 85% of Australians support the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying or voluntary euthanasia within a legal framework that includes strict safeguards to protect the vulnerable. We need your help spreading the word to friends, family, organisations you belong to - and most importantly the politicians that represent you.
We should also ask for your financial support. We offer free membership, however, running a political party and election campaigns is costly and we always need funds to produce information brochures or election material.
If you are able to help by making any donation (donations are tax deductible to $1500), it will be gratefully received.
You can either...
1. Donate via the donate page on the website at https://vep.nationbuilder.com/vep_nsw_donate
Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW), 165/9 Crofts Ave, Hurstville, NSW 2220.
3. Make an electronic funds transfer to our Commonwealth Bank account:
(Be sure to include your full name in the reference, or email us so we can send a receipt)
The Convenor of the NSW Voluntary Euthanasia Party, Shayne Higson can be contacted directly via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or to speak to Shayne - call: 0403 625 456
ABN 99 740 574 824
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voluntaryeuthanasiapartynsw
The constitution for the NSW VEP can be found here.
Or downloaded in PDF form here.
The current executive committee can be found here
Tracey Spicer & Shayne Higson in 2014
The Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) was the first state branch of the VEP to be registered in Australia.
Following our registration in February 2014, the party worked steadily on a grassroots campaign in the lead up to the NSW state election held on the 28th March 2015.
A successful launch of the 2015 Election Campaign was held on the 12th November 2014 in Sydney with around 100 members attending. The launch provided a great opportunity to introduce many of the VEP's upper house candidates and we were honoured to have a special guest speaker, media personality and journalist, Tracey Spicer.
In order to give ourselves the best chance of achieving a voice in the NSW Parliament, the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) stood 15 upper house candidates. Without at least 15 candidates, voters would have been forced to number boxes below the line, which we knew would reduce our chance of success.
By standing 15 candidates, we gained a Group Voting Square ‘above the line’ and by voting 1 for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party voters could send a strong message to the major parties, that it is time to introduce a humane, voluntary assisted dying law.
Shayne Higson was endorsed as the VEP (NSW)'s number one candidate in early 2014, however, by November 2014, we had another 17 potential upper house candidates, each with their own personal story or simply a strong belief that dying with dignity should be a basic human right.
By March 2015 we had selected a diverse group of candidates, from the very young to the very old, from the city to the country, men and women. Our youngest candidate was 21 year old Joshua Britt who was studying political science at Sydney Uni and our oldest candidate was Donald Bayley, who was forced to travel to the other side of the world so that his terminally ill wife could die on her own terms. Other candidates included Natasha Mulhall whose mother, Loredana, has advanced, progressive multiple sclerosis and has been fighting for law reform for years.
Donald Bayley and Joshua Britt
One of the most important messages that we needed to convey to supporters of voluntary assisted dying law reform, who were considering voting for the VEP, was that there was a significant difference between the 2013 Senate election and the NSW state election and that was, every voter chooses their own preferences.
The major parties often try to discourage voters from voting for a single issue, minor party, like ours, saying it is a ‘wasted vote’ or that ‘your vote will end up with a party not of your choosing’. This is simply not true for an upper house election in NSW. Our party did not, and will not, direct preferences. In NSW state elections, voters can vote 1 for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party and then choose to place the number 2 in the box for the party that they would normally vote for, be that Liberal or Labor, Nationals or Greens or even another minor party.
By voting 1 for the VEP, voters can ensure that we will have the best possible chance of representation in the NSW Parliament but after that they can choose to direct their own second, or further preferences, to any other parties of their choice.
This will always be the most important message to convey to others if you want to encourage them to vote for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) and help us bring about voluntary assisted law reform that is supported by over 82% of people in NSW (Roy Morgan Poll Nov 2017).