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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Upper Hunter voters support assisted dying reform

Eighty-two percent of voters in the Upper Hunter support voluntary assisted dying law reform, making it one of the highest in the state.

The figures are courtesy of 155,000 statewide survey responses and include support by political persuasion and religious faith.

Dying with Dignity NSW president Penny Hackett says the results reveal that every electorate in NSW overwhelmingly supports voluntary assisted dying law reform.

“It’s incredible to see such overwhelming support for voluntary assisted dying laws, even in blue-ribbon Liberal seats.

“There is not one electorate in NSW, or the entire country, that doesn’t have majority support for voluntary assisted dying laws.

“The data tells us something that most of us already knew – that support for voluntary assisted dying transcends political and religious ideologies.”

Ms Hackett says the results are timely given the areas’ upcoming by-election.

“Voters in Upper Hunter have the opportunity to elect a member who, in a few months’ time, could be critical to the passage of voluntary assisted dying laws,” she said.

The data was collected in the lead up to the 2019 federal election.

It follows an announcement from Alex Greenwich MP confirming a timeline would see the NSW voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation presented to parliament in September, following release of a draft Bill around July.

The results indicated overall support for voluntary assisted dying in NSW was 77%, with 11% opposed.

Across all NSW state electorates, the levels of support ranged from 64% to 83%.

Of the Catholic voters in NSW, 75% indicated support for voluntary assisted, amongst Anglican voters it was 77%.

Full survey results can be found at www.dyingforchoice.com

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