The ACT Opposition has re-affirmed its position, backing the Territory’s right to legislate on matters such as voluntary assisted dying.
Federal laws, introduced back in 1997, removed the ability of the ACT and the Northern Territory from debating the issue at a Territory Government level, while the states remain free to legislate on the matter.
Since then Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and, as of last month, South Australia have all legalised voluntary assisted dying with Queensland also planning to vote on the issue before its next state election.
The decision of other states has seen a renewed push to have the rights of the two territories restored with ACT and Northern Territory politicians writing to the federal government.
More recently, a Northern Territory Senator began working on a private members bill that would restore the rights of Australia’s two territories.
However, it now looks set to only include restoration for the Top End after facing opposition from ACT Liberal Senator, Zed Seselja.
Canberra Liberals Leader, Elizabeth Lee, said she’s reached out to her federal colleague and the Canberra Liberals position remains unchanged.
“We firmly believe that Canberrans, who’ve been elected by Canberrans to make decisions on their behalf, are best placed to make those decisions.”
“I have certainly raised our views with Senator Seselja and he’s very clearly aware of them and I will continue to discuss these matters with him as well as with other federal colleagues.”
Ms Lee said the matter is bigger than any one individual’s political views on euthanasia.
“It is about the right of Territorians, who’ve been elected by Territorians, to have the right to debate and legislate on this issue.
“If we are given that right, it will be a matter of conscience vote for the Canberra Liberals.”
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