Northern Territory federal Labor MP Luke Gosling has vowed to restore the Territory’s right to legalise euthanasia “as soon as possible” when Parliament resumes later this month. Source: NT News.
The Northern Territory became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalise euthanasia in 1995 but the legislation was later vetoed by the federal Coalition Government in 1997.
The new bill comes after concerted efforts to overturn former Liberal MP Kevin Andrews’ veto fell on deaf ears before Labor ousted the Morrison government at the May election.
Mr Gosling said he had previously co-sponsored two private members’ bills to restore territory rights and, together with ACT MP Alicia Payne, would move a new private member’s bill on the issue.
New Labor Territories Minister Kristy McBain told The Australian last week she would back the NT and ACT backbenchers’ push to restore territory rights. Federal Health Minister Mark Butler also told the newspaper he supported the right of the two territories to legislate on euthanasia for themselves.
Territory MP vows to restore NT’s euthanasia powers ‘as soon as possible’ when Parliament resumes (By Jason Walls, NT News)