Territory rights bill debated in Senate

Senator David Leyonhjelm successfully moved a motion to provide for debate of a private senator’s bill to give the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory the right to introduce laws allowing voluntary euthanasia.

Aug 29, 2018

The Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015 sought to repeal—overturn—several laws, or parts of laws, that prevented the territories being able to make laws about euthanasia. In debate on the bill, Senator Leyonhjelm told the chamber, ‘There is no better marker of individual freedom than the ability to decide what to do with our own body. If the law prevents us from making free choices about it, then we are not really free at all; our bodies belong to the State.’

The bill was defeated 36 votes to 34 at the second reading stage in the Senate.