New South Wales Legislative Council narrowly rejects assisted suicide

On Thursday 16 November the New South Wales Legislative Council narrowly rejected the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 by 20 votes to 19. The vote took place at almost midnight after a long debate through the day.

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating welcomed the news, saying:


“The council didn’t cave in to the defeatism of those who think the struggle at the end of life is a struggle in vain,” Mr Keating said. “What the political system should be providing is support, optimism and the facilitation of the complexities at the end one’s life.

“What we need is kindness, compassion and palliative care.”


Christian Democrat Fred Nile said legalisation was a dangerous move.

“How will such a bill, once passed, impact on how we see value in life?” he said.

Liberal backbencher Taylor Martin argued euthanasia was comparable to re-introducing the death penalty.

“One of the main reasons why Australia stopped the barbaric practise of capital punishment is because it is so final,” he said.

“We must consider this bill through a similar lens.”


Here is how NSW MP's voted:

AYES (19)

Blair, Mr N
Buckingham, Mr J
Fang, Mr W
Faruqi, Dr M
Field, Mr J
Franklin, Mr B
Graham, Mr J
Khan, Mr T
Mallard, Mr S
Pearson, Mr M
Phelps, Dr P
Primrose, Mr P
Searle, Mr A
Sharpe, Ms P
Shoebridge, Mr D
Taylor, Ms B
Veitch, Mr M
Voltz, Ms L
Walker, Ms D

NOES (20)

Amato, Mr L
Borsak, Mr R
Brown, Mr R
Clarke, Mr D
Colless, Mr R
Cusack, Ms C
Donnelly, Mr G
Farlow, Mr S
Green, Mr P
Harwin, Mr D
Houssos, Ms C
MacDonald, Mr S
Maclaren-Jones, Ms N
Martin, Mr T
Mason-Cox, Mr M
Mookhey, Mr D
Moselmane, Mr S
Nile, Reverend F
Secord, Mr W
Wong, Mr E

Source: NSW Parliament Hansard for Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017


Tara Nipe was a candidate for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party for the Eastern Metropolitan Region in the recent Victorian election. Her party’s popularity is such that it gained 0.87% of the vote in that region. After Tara and her fellow VEP candidate were eliminated the VEP votes were passed on in turn to Fiona Patten’s Reason Party, the Animal Justice Party and the Liberal Democrats remaining undistributed as the final seat was filled by the Transport Matters Party. (Preliminary results as at 4 December at:

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