Thursday, 29 August 2013

2013 Federal Election Senate Candidate Survey on Euthanasia

Your guide to voting to STOP Euthanasia!

The issue of euthanasia in terms of our laws is primarily an issue for the Australian States. The Criminal Codes in relation to homicide (for which euthanasia and/or assisted suicide would be an exception) are state and territory based. The ability to legislate on these matters was removed from the three Australian Territories with limited self-government by the passage of the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 in the Federal Parliament.

The Federal Parliament could, by way of a repeal of the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997, once again allow the ACT, The Northern Territory or Norfolk Island to deliberate on such matters.

More recently, the Australian Greens Party have announced that, in the new parliament, they propose to legislate euthanasia and/or assisted suicide for the whole of Australia by claiming that an action of euthanasia or assisting in suicide is a medical procedure that falls to the Commonwealth under Section 51 of the Australian Constitution. (You can read more about this HERE

Over a number of years now, first with Senator Brown and more recently Senator Di Natale, there have been attempts to overturn the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997.

We must do what we can to ensure that there is never majority support for either option in the Senate.

That’s why HOPE has undertaken the largest survey yet on Senate Candidates’ attitudes to this matter. This is our forth such survey; previous surveys being for state and territory elections for Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT.

We asked Senate candidates the question:  
In your term as Senator will you support the status quo in respect to the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 and vote against any measures to repeal this Act?
The answer we are looking for is a YES.

Our research also determined that nine parties formally support euthanasia and/or assisted suicide with seven parties having a position opposing.

You can find the survey results for your state or territory at the links below. We have listed the candidates in the order that they appear on the ballot paper. Reading from top to bottom on the survey is identical to reading left to right on the ballot paper; so, you can print the survey and mark your Senate ticket numbering at home before heading off to vote!

ABOVE or BELOW the line? We suggest that you also read our suggestions on the options of voting above or below the line HERE.

Antony Green talks about the problems with the preferential system HERE.


Survey Results by State and Territory:

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