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Petition for NT Enactment of Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws 

Petition

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voluntary assisted dying, hence the petition for section 50A of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978 to be repealed.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.

How to support the petition

You can support the petition in a number of ways.

1 Sign the petition

In person

  • Visit COTA NT in person at offices in Darwin (65 Smith Street open Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm) and Alice Springs (50+ Community Centre, Alice Springs open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 1pm)
  • Attend a COTA NT event where copies of the Petition will be available.
  • Phone us on 08 8941 1004 to find out where you can sign up. (The Petition will be distributed across the Territory).

Online

  • Download a copy and return to: Sue Shearer, COTA NT, GPO Box 852, Darwin NT 0801.
  • Note: All signatures must be original and unaltered. An original copy of the petition (not a photocopy) must be provided to COTA NT as an original copy of the petition is required in order for it to be considered by the Standing Committee on Petitions, Department of the House of Representatives.
  • If you wish to be advised of when the e-petition is available online, fill in the form below*

2 Spread the word 

  • Add details to your emails (view suggested email text)
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  • Send and share the online link (when it is available for the e-petition) to your email network.

3 Share the petition

  • Download a copy of the petition here and ask people to sign it.
    • Please email us to let us know you are circulating a copy.
  • Note: All signatures must be original and unaltered. An original copy of the petition (not a photocopy) must be provided to COTA NT as an original copy of the petition is required in order for it to be considered by the Standing Committee on Petitions, Department of the House of Representatives.
  • Return signed petitions to: Sue Shearer, COTA NT, GPO Box 852, Darwin NT 0801.

4 Updates

  • We regularly send out e-news to stakeholders. Sign up to stay up to date.
  • Updates will be posted to our Petition page following its close.

Expected close date

The petition will be available in both print and electronic formats until 31 August 2021**

Petition Repeal Section 50A of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978 to allow the NT to enact laws dealing with voluntary assisted dying

 
NOTE: Your email will never be shared with any third-party unrelated to COTA NT programs. Emails are sent from email: memberwizard @ COTANorthernTerritory. Please check your spam folders after signing up to ensure that you are getting emails from us. You will also be sent COTA NT’s update and e-news, from which you can unsubscribe at any time.

More information

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

*The Petition is currently with the Petitions Committee in Canberra who will be supplying the link to the e-petition to us. 

** may be subject to change.

Updated: 6 April 2021

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