Voluntary Euthanasia Party

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Voluntary Euthanasia Party
Convenor Kerry Bromson
Founded 1 June 2013 (2013-06-01)
Ideology Legalisation of voluntary euthanasia
Politics of Australia
Political parties

The Voluntary Euthanasia Party is a minor political party in Australia, co-founded in 2013 by Corey McCann, Dr Philip Nitschke and Richard Mills to lobby for legislative change to allow voluntary euthanasia in Australia. The party applied to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to be registered as a political party on 10 May 2013. The application was assessed on 20 May and the party was registered on 1 June.[1]


The party was founded in 2013 in order to bring attention to the need for voluntary assisted dying law reform and to bring together advocates from the Dying with Dignity and Exit International movements. Professor Ranjan Ray was the first convenor of the party. In 2014, Kerry Bromson became the convenor of the VEP. The party has been involved in Glenn Druery's Minor Party Alliance.[2][3]


Election campaigns, 2014–2015[edit]

The VEP will be contesting the Victorian state election on 29 November 2014. The lead candidate for the VEP in Victoria is Dr Fiona Stewart, public health sociologist and co-author of four books about end of life issues including The Peaceful Pill Handbook.[4][5] In NSW, the VEP will be contesting the NSW state election on March 28, 2015. The lead candidate for the VEP in the New South Wales state election, 2015 is Shayne Higson. Mrs Higson began advocating for voluntary assisted dying legislation after her mother died from a brain tumour in 2012.[6]

Election campaign, 2013[edit]

The party nominated several candidates at the 2013 Australian federal election: six candidates for the Senate (two each in New South Wales, the ACT and South Australia); and a candidate for the House of Representatives seat of Solomon in the Northern Territory.[7] Three of the candidates were terminally ill.[8]


  1. ^ Application for registration approved – Voluntary Euthanasia Party, Australian Electoral Commission, 1 June 2013.
  2. ^ Bitter dispute erupts over Senate preferences in Queensland: ABC 5 September 2013
  3. ^ Alliance of micro parties boosts odds for likes of One Nation or Shooters and Fishers gaining Senate spot through preferences: Daily Telegraph 5 September 2013
  4. ^ "Voluntary Euthanasia Professional - Doctor Fiona Stewart". Peacefulpillhandbook.com. Peaceful Pill Handbook. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Dovey, Ceridwen. "Philip Nitschke's wife, Fiona Stewart, on being the 'woman behind the man'". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Caddy, Amelia. "Shayne helpless in the face of mother's suffering". The Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Voluntary Euthanasia Party bids for Senate seats". SBS News. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Di Stefano, Mark (19 August 2013). "Voluntary Euthanasia Party is born". ABC News. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 

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