|Cate Faehrmann, senate candidate|
Independents and Greens to sponsor voluntary euthanasia bill in the NSW Lower House. Alliance to give dying with dignity legislation its best ever chance of success.
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann's Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill will be jointly sponsored in the Lower House by Greens Member for Balmain Jamie Parker, Independent Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich and Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper.
Today's announcement follows recent confirmation that the bill will be debated in the Upper House in early May. If successful, the team will work together to ensure its passage through the Lower House to become law.
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann said: "This issue well and truly crosses the political divide. I'm committed to working with all MPs in the coming weeks to give this much-needed reform its best ever chance of success."
Greens Member for Balmain Jamie Parker said: "If we want to be a caring society, we need to do something about the fact that our current laws allow some people to suffer terribly at the end of their lives. Terminally ill adults who are suffering intolerably should have the right to an assisted death if that is their wish - this is about personal choice."
Independent Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich said: "The reform is important to families across NSW. I am sure all MPs will consult respectfully with their electorates, experts, and particularly people with terminal illnesses whose pain and suffering no longer be alleviated."
Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said: "As a mature educated society, I believe that we should be able to accept the right of a person to determine the time of their own death, when they freely and with sound mind, choose to do so on the basis that due to illness and suffering, their life affords little or no quality of life, and is no longer bearable to them. With appropriate legislative and societal checks and balances, voluntary euthanasia would respect a person's right to self- determine this most important part of their life; it would allow a choice to die with dignity."