Time to restore ACT's right to legislate on euthanasia

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The ACT Greens have welcomed moves to restore the ACT's right to legislate on euthanasia.

"The people of the ACT should have the same rights as other Australian citizens. Our current laws discriminate against the Territories and treats the people of the ACT as second-class citizens," said ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

Mr Rattenbury was commenting on news that Greens leader Richard di Natale and ACT Senator Katy Gallagher would co-sponsor a bill repeal the federal Euthanasia Laws Act.

"This is an important issue that is deeply personal to many Canberrans. It is only fair to the people of Canberra that their representatives are able to debate it on their behalf - and take action.

"We are a compassionate and progressive jurisdiction and we should be allowed to progress the debate towards legislative change," Mr Rattenbury said.

ACT Greens senate candidate Christina Hobbs said the bill was about standing up for Canberrans.

"The people of the ACT, just like all Australians, should have the right to make choices about their own life and death," Ms Hobbs said.

"I've spoken to many Canberrans and their loved ones who are in pain. They deserve the right to die with dignity - and take control over their own lives.

"Under our current laws, we're powerless to offer any help to people who suffering. This is about standing up for the ACT's right to make laws for its own people."

Media contacts:
Rattenbury – Alison Jaques 0481 035 764
Hobbs – Maiy Azize 0421 281 400