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Federal parliament overturns 25-year-old ban on euthanasia laws in ACT and Northern Territory

The federal parliament has lifted a 25-year-old ban that prevented the territories from making voluntary assisted dying laws.

Every state in Australia has already legalised voluntary euthanasia.

  • Markus Mannheim
  • ABC

However, in 1997, the Commonwealth imposed a veto on the Northern Territory and the ACT, specifically barring them from doing so.

Thursday’s Senate vote ends that ban, paving the way for the two territories to debate and pass their own laws.

The chamber and public gallery broke out into applause as senators agreed to repeal the ban, without a formal count of votes for and against.

Among the onlookers…

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