The Greens are deeply disappointed by the Senate’s vote to deny Territory rights on 15 August 2018. This means that the discriminatory restrictions imposed by the Andrews Bill will continue to prevent the ACT from debating voluntary assisted dying.
Senator Zed Seselja has serious questions to answer, especially given that the vote was so close. In voting ‘no’, he prioritised his own views above those of the Canberra community.
The Greens will continue the fight to restore Territory rights and campaign to ‘Put Zed last’ in the upcoming federal election, as he has put the interests of Canberrans last.
Restore ACT’s right to legislate on dying with dignity
The people of the ACT, just like all Australians, should have the right to make choices about their own life and death. At the end of their life, citizens in the ACT should have the right to die with dignity, how and when they choose. For many people there are few choices more important.
In support of this right, the Greens want the ACT Government to take action to create a compassionate, safe and workable scheme for voluntary euthanasia.
But this cannot legally happen in the ACT due to the undemocratic and discriminatory federal Euthanasia Laws Act, commonly known as “the Andrews Bill”, which specifically prevents the ACT from making laws that would permit euthanasia.
It is time that the Australian Government repealed this undemocratic law.
If you believe that people should have the right to make a choice about euthanasia at the end of their life AND you believe that the ACT should have the power to make its own laws, please sign this petition.
For a printable version of the petition for collecting signatures please click here.
To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:
Your petitioners ask that the Senate note:
- the importance that many people in the Australian Capital Territory and other Australian Territories place on their right to die with dignity;
- that the ACT is subject to an undemocratic and discriminatory restriction, imposed on the ACT through a federal law called the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997, commonly known as the 'Andrews Bill';
- that the limitation discriminates against people in the ACT, who do not possess the same rights as people living in Australian states.
Your petitioners ask that the Australian Parliament:Repeal the limitation imposed by the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 and restore the right of the ACT and other Territories to pass laws on the issue of euthanasia.