- The Senate has voted to repeal a 25-year ban on the ACT and NT debating voluntary assisted dying laws.
- The Commonwealth introduced the ban in 1997 after the NT passed voluntary euthanasia laws in 1995.
- The ACT parliament will hold a vote at the end of next year or start of 2024 on legalising voluntary assisted dying.
“That’s an incredibly brave thing to do, to come forward and tell your story.”
Mr Barr said consultation on legislation in the ACT will begin early next year, with a vote on the issue to be held at the end of 2023 or the start of 2024.
Former NT chief minister Marshall Perron oversaw the legalising of voluntary euthanasia in the Top End in 1995, sparking the federal bill that overrode the territories’ right to do so.
End to ’25 years of democratic inequality’
“I’m also in support of elevating the human rights of vulnerable people. I am deeply concerned at the state of the Northern Territory.”