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Australia NT Chief Minister says locals 'pleased' by MP's exit

12:46  01 february  2021
12:46  01 february  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Territorians are likely to welcome to departure of Victorian Liberal member Kevin Andrews from Federal Parliament, after he lost pre-selection for his seat at the weekend.

Mr Gunner gave a simple, "Catch ya later mate" when asked about the demise of Mr Andrews' political career.

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Mr Andrews introduced a private members bill into Parliament in 1996, quashing the NT's voluntary euthanasia laws and further prohibits Territories from legislating on certain moral matters.

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NT Chief Minister says locals ' pleased ' by MP ' s exit .

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During the nine months the laws were in operation, four people were able to access the assisted dying laws.

Mr Andrews' bill left Northern Territorians incensed the Commonwealth would overturn laws supported and voted for by locals.

When asked today what he thought Territorians' reactions would be to Mr Andrews' leaving parliament, Mr Gunner said, "I think those of us with a long memory and passionate about Territory rights will be pleased to see somebody leave the Chamber who denied Territorians the ability to exercise their will."


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"I believe Territorians should have the ability to make that decision themselves, especially as we've seen other jurisdictions now make that decision, it seems absurd the Northern Territory, that right, hasn't been returned to us."

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But according to a former Chief Minister, Marshall Perron - who first initiated the NT laws in 1995 – he believes there needs to be a more concentrated campaign from the local and federal representatives of the ACT and NT to repel the laws.

"For there still to be no interest in the Territories having their own powers returned has been very disappointing and hopefully that time has come to an end."

"This issue is about democracy, it's not about voluntary euthanasia at all. The question is why should an Australian lose their democratic rights simply because they choose to live in the ACT or the NT."

The NT Member for Solomon Luke Gosling, who represents Greater Darwin and satellite city Palmerston in the Top End, said it there needs to be a bipartisan support across the Federal Parliament.

"It should be something that is support by everyone in this place… It may take statehood for us to regain those rights."

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NT Chief Minister says locals ' pleased ' by MP ' s exit .

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a screen shot of a computer: Mr Andrews introduced a private members bill into Parliament in 1996, quashing the NT's voluntary euthanasia laws. © 9News Mr Andrews introduced a private members bill into Parliament in 1996, quashing the NT's voluntary euthanasia laws. a close up of a bottle on the counter: During the nine months the laws were in operation, four people were able to access the assisted dying laws. © 9News During the nine months the laws were in operation, four people were able to access the assisted dying laws.

Mr Andrews will finish this term of parliament after more than 30 years.

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