Territories set to get assisted dying laws
The Albanese Government will put forward a bill establishing the right for the ACT and Northern Territory to make their own voluntary assisted dying (VAD) laws. It’s been a longstanding sticking point between the territories and Commonwealth… In 1996, the Northern Territory became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalise voluntary euthanasia, but that ended the following year when the Howard Government passed laws that removed the territories’ power to legislate on VAD. It’s bubbled away since then, including a 2018 attempt to overturn the federal law, which was narrowly defeated. But with every state passing legislation for VAD programs, the new federal mob are making good on an election promise to attempt to lift the territories’ ban. New Territories Minister Kristy McBain says a bill will be presented to Parliament soon. #SquizShortcut
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