ORANGE man James McKay says he’s proud to be one of the first people to join the newly formed Voluntary Euthanasia Party.
Mr McKay, who has motor neurone disease, travelled to Sydney to join the party and has pledged to do all he can to support its push for voluntary euthanasia law reform.
“It’s a single platform party that’s fighting for the rights of the terminally ill,” he said.
“I think it’s a really important issue, and 85 percent of Australians support the rights of the terminally ill.”
The party is pushing to get at least one representative elected to the Senate.
“Even if we only get one person into the Senate it would prove that the population believes it’s (voluntary euthanasia) a good thing,” he said.
Mr McKay said he’s surprised the issue of euthanasia hasn’t featured prominently in the election.
“It’s something that the community feel strongly about yet the politicians are just ignoring it,” he said.
Mr McKay said he feels so passionately about getting euthanasia on the national agenda that he’ll do anything he can to help.
Next week he plans to stand in Summer Street handing out leaflets for the party.
In the past Mc McKay admitted to having been shocked and angry when the the NSW Upper House voted against supporting the Greens’ rights of the terminally ill bill
“What gives someone else the right to tell someone how they should suffer?,” Mr McKay said.