Mani­son fights for eu­thana­sia law right

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

ACT­ING Chief Min­is­ter Nicole Mani­son is back­ing a push to re­store the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s right to leg­is­late on eu­thana­sia.

Ms Mani­son is at La­bor’s fed­eral con­fer­ence where she is try­ing to win sup­port for a mo­tion brought by ACT chief min­is­ter An­drew Barr.

The mo­tion would mean a fed­eral La­bor govern­ment would un­der­take a bind­ing cau­cus vote on ter­ri­to­ries’ right to make as­sisted dy­ing laws.

The mo­tion is ex­pected to fail thanks to op­po­si­tion from pow­er­ful right wing and Catholic La­bor fig­ures in­clud­ing se­na­tors Pat Dod­son and Don Far­rell. The NT and ACT have been un­able to leg­is­late on eu- thana­sia since the An­drews Bill over­turned NT’s short­lived eu­thana­sia laws. Four peo­ple died in the NT through as­sisted dy­ing in the short win­dow it was le­gal.

A pri­vate mem­ber’s Bill to re­store ter­ri­tory rights from Sen­a­tor David Ley­on­hjelm’s was nar­rowly de­feated in the Sen­ate 34-36 in Au­gust.

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