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Petition for NT Enactment of Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws 

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September 2021

  • Petition EN3052 on the House of Representatives’ website closed 1 September.
  • 707 people signed the Petition online.
  • COTA NT is collating all the signed paper petitions and will be submitting to the House of Representatives following conversation with the local Federal Member.
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Repeal Section 50A of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978 to allow the NT to enact laws dealing with voluntary assisted dying

COTA NT’s petition calls on Federal Government to give back to the Northern Territory the right to enact laws dealing with voluntary assisted dying, hence the petition for section 50A of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978 to be repealed.

Read the Petition To Repeal Section 50A of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978 or click here to view full text.

To: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

Request: We therefore ask the House to give back to the Northern Territory the right to enact laws dealing with voluntary assisted dying. The Petitioners respectfully request the House to repeal section 50A of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978 so as to allow the NT Legislature to enact laws dealing with voluntary assisted dying.

Reason: In 1997, the Commonwealth Parliament inserted a clause into the ACT and NT’s Self-Government Acts which states that these two jurisdictions have no power to make laws with respect to voluntary assisted dying. This is unfair and unreasonable – and increasingly untenable – as states around the country are passing legislation in this area. Territory citizens are being denied their democratic rights and are disadvantaged on the basis of where they live. This situation should not be allowed to persist. The citizens of the Northern Territory deserve the same rights as any other Australian.

Principal Petitioner: Sue Shearer on behalf of COTA NT.


 

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End of Life Planning Financial & Legal information | Conversations about the end of life | Making a will | Making an advance personal plan End of life choices/ assisted dying legislation

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Updated: 14 September 2021

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