(Cairns... Far North Queensland)
RIGHT TO DIE... MY CHOICE!
In the Federal Senate on Monday March 24th 1997, Queensland party politicians, elected to represent the Queensland people, voted on a private member's Bill to overturn the Northern Territory law by 38 to 34. The results of the Queensland Senate representatives is as follows:
Voted against and subsequently overturned the Northern Territory Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation:
INDEPENDENT (was LABOR PARTY)
Those who voted in FAVOUR of the Northern Territory Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation.
DEMOCRATS (then LABOR PARTY, now gone)
As a result of the Northern Territory Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation being overturned, the expressed WILL OF THE PEOPLE was not observed by these party politicians. Any elected representative of the Australian people who ignores the wishes of a majority of his/her constituents, regardless of his/her personal opinion, MUST be considered unacceptable for public office.
Voluntary Euthanasia - The Answer
Research has shown that a majority of the people of Australia are in favour of Voluntary Euthanasia with due safeguards. The legislation enacted in the Northern Territory and the procedures devised by Dr Philip Nitschke gave terminally ill people the opportunity to choose between a slow, and in most cases an agonising death, as against a dignified end at a time of their choice.
There have been numerous surveys and public option polls conducted throughout Australia, which have resulted in an overwhelmingly 78% of Australian's being in favour of Voluntary Euthanasia.
The Federal Government as two choices, repeal the Andrews Bill or initiate a national referendum to coincide with a federal election, and have a majority decision made at the ballet box by the Australian People.
Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870 Australia