Dying with Dignity - Your Right to Choose Petition


Terminally ill people should have the right to end their lives on their own terms.

Sign and share this petition to have the issue of voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill people referred to the Victorian Law Reform Commission for review, so they can consult with the community, experts and medical practitioners and recommend the best way forward.

To the Attorney General of Victoria, Hon. Martin Pakula,

When people we love face intolerable suffering in the grip of terminal illness, we owe it to them to provide the choice of a dignified and peaceful death on their own terms.

The Victorian Law Reform Commission is the proper body to examine whether current laws that force people to endure intolerable suffering are in line with community expectations, and provide advice on how the law can be reformed to offer control and a more compassionate choice to terminally ill people.

As things stand, doctors aren't even allowed to talk to patients about dying with dignity. However, we know that behind closed doors, doctors, nurses and families are already taking actions to hasten the death of their patients and loved ones. A Dying with Dignity legal framework, with strong safeguards for patients, is a safer and fairer option that will remove these pressures from all parties during such a difficult time and provide piece of mind.

This is a very challenging and emotional issue for many Victorians. But so many of us have had the experience of sitting at the bedside of a dying loved one who is suffering and crying out for help. We can't walk away from them. The least they deserve is that the Victorian community engage in a mature discussion about what can be done.

The overwhelming majority of Victorians want the right to talk to their doctors about what options are available and be given a choice.

Please refer the matter of voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill people to the Victorian Law Reform Commission for inquiry, consideration and report.

I trust you will treat this request with the urgency, compassion and consideration that it deserves.

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  • Dymphna McQuay
    signed via 2017-06-07 15:50:00 +1000
  • Melissa Guthrie
    signed via 2017-06-07 12:30:05 +1000
  • Tamara Wilson
    signed via 2017-06-05 17:08:59 +1000
  • Heather Davis
    signed via 2017-06-04 15:36:18 +1000
  • Steph Kennedy
    signed via 2017-06-04 13:26:24 +1000
  • Michelle Cutler
    signed via 2017-06-04 13:13:48 +1000
  • Paul Granger
    signed via 2017-06-04 12:37:02 +1000
  • Sam Lane
    signed 2017-06-04 09:10:07 +1000
    This is such an important issue and needs to be addressed promptly. Each day loved ones deal with terminal illnesses – voluntary euthanasia is a necessity to allow people to die with dignity.
  • Megan Brooks
    signed 2017-05-22 11:41:19 +1000
    My body, my choice.
  • Megan Forrest
    signed 2017-01-30 19:23:20 +1100
  • Damien Stevens
    signed 2015-05-23 23:53:15 +1000
  • peter nixon
    signed 2015-05-18 19:24:31 +1000
  • Genevieve Swann
    signed 2015-05-15 18:46:13 +1000
  • William Doherty
    signed via 2015-05-15 16:51:12 +1000
  • Denis Boukhvalov
    signed 2015-05-15 13:01:30 +1000
  • Tom Hayes
    signed via 2015-05-13 22:38:29 +1000
  • Arthur Hayes
    signed 2015-05-13 12:30:18 +1000
  • toni guy
    signed 2015-05-12 09:10:47 +1000
  • nikki auld
    signed 2015-05-12 08:34:07 +1000
    recently watched my grandmother pass and had the option of euthanasia been an option she would of taken it there is no dignity nor peace in dying slowly and painfully. we should have the right to choose, we choose whether to have to put down our pets so why should we not be able to choose that for our own rights.

    this is a law that should be brought in, let the old or the ill die with a little dignity and peace Noone wants to see their loved ones die but we also don’t want to watch them die in such a cruel way. give people the right to choose :)
  • Hester Dunbar
    signed 2015-05-12 03:40:44 +1000
    The indignity of watching a loved one suffer needlessly when there is no other outcome but death is an indignity no one should witness nor should the person that is ill be expected to.They deserve the right to be able to chose. I recently had to watch my mother pass a slow and undignified death, which would have been totally unnecessary if she had been given the RIGHT to die. My sister, who had suffered with lung cancer and secondary cancers, fought valiantly for 7 years. She was lucky enough to live in the Netherlands where voluntary euthanasia is a choice. She chose the time of her passing after all avenues to beat it had been exhausted. We do not allow our pets/animals to suffer and endure in a way that we as human beings are ‘expected’ to. It is time for change and the sooner the better.
  • Andrew Burns
    signed 2015-05-11 20:43:49 +1000
  • Rosemary Hurford
    signed via 2015-05-11 17:56:27 +1000
  • Georgina Johanson
    signed 2015-05-09 22:11:52 +1000
  • Jennifer Dalgleish
    signed 2015-05-09 19:35:54 +1000
  • Mitchell Buck
    signed via 2015-05-08 17:55:20 +1000
  • Mark Micallef
    signed 2015-05-08 16:10:20 +1000
  • Peter Monie
    signed 2015-05-08 15:55:16 +1000
  • Jenny Rooke
    signed 2015-05-08 15:36:58 +1000
  • ingrid swan
    signed 2015-05-08 12:31:04 +1000
    My concern is that doctors not the individual will be given the power to make the decision.
  • Bec Brown
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-08 11:42:16 +1000
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