Liberals under pressure to lobby for euthanasia rights

Tara Cheyne (left) and Elizabeth Lee (ACT Parliament website)

The Canberra Liberals are under renewed pressure to publicly lobby their federal counterparts to give the ACT and Northern Territory the power to legalise euthanasia. Source: Canberra Times.

ACT Human Rights Minister Tara Cheyne says the Government will move a motion in the Assembly calling for the restoration of territories’ rights, and wants the opposition to get behind it.

It comes as NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner made a fresh bid to the federal Government to allow the territories to make their own laws on the controversial issue. He has the support of the Country Liberal Party opposition.

Northern Territory and the ACT have been blocked from legalising euthanasia since a 1997 private members bill from Kevin Andrews.

Euthanasia is already legal in Victoria and Western Australia, while a bill to allow it is before Tasmanian Parliament.

Former Opposition Leader Alistair Coe agreed in a parliamentary motion in 2019 to write to the Prime Minister about territory rights.

His spokeswoman said he penned a letter in February last year, but she would not reveal the contents of the letter or supply a copy.

New Liberal leader Elizabeth Lee personally supports the territory having the right to legislate on the matter. She was one of four Liberals who in 2018 voted alongside Labor and The Greens to rebuke federal senators for voting against a bill that would have restored territories’ rights

But the remaining five Liberals did not support the remonstrance motion.


Canberra Liberals under pressure to lobby for euthanasia rights (Daniella White)

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