PLEASE CONTACT YOUR UPPER HOUSE MPs

The Victorian assisted suicide legislation goes to the Legislative Council on Tuesday. It could take up to three sitting weeks to work through the legislation, perhaps up to November 30.

I am terminally ill and disabled. I am not religious. I am pro-choice. I am queer, transgender, and consider myself a feminist.

I am piss terrified at the thought of this bill coming into being.

The bill is looking more precarious than initially thought. Please, if you can, call or email your representatives and ask them not to pass this bill. Not as it is. Not when disabled activists and barristers and palliative care specialists and peak medical bodies have overwhelmingly condemned the bill for its inadequate safeguards and dangerous implications for disabled people. Not when we desperately need palliative reform and this bill is a step away from that, not towards. Not here. Not now.

Palliative drs can already enact treatments with the secondary consequence of hastening death, if that is in the patient’s wishes. The problem is in inadequate legislation around advance care directives – which the assisted suicide bill does not aid; in fact it actively circumvents them and far from empowering advance care directives will end up, if anything, compromising their ability to help patients who rely on them.

In other countries where assisted suicide is legal the drug of choice is usually Nembutal, which is still illegal for human consumption in Australia, which the Victorian bill does not change. Instead it allows for the provision of a lethal overdose of an unspecified drug which may be kept in the home for up to twelve months.

We need palliative reform first.

We need assisted living first.

As far as I know, it’s conscience votes for everyone but the Greens, who are voting with their party position in favour of the legislation. Atkinson, Bourman, Ondarchie, Purcell, Ramsay, and Young appear undecided. Davis and Finn oppose. Patten is vocally in favour.

Please don’t be hostile to the MPs, regardless of their current position, or if they are generally someone with whom your politics are not aligned. They are political representatives and they need to know the views of those they are representing.

It hurts my heart that this is happening at the same time as the postal plebiscite. Total strangers are allowed to vote on my right to marry, but I do not get to vote on my right to live.

Please make sure that whatever decision the Legislative Council makes, it is an informed one.

The contact details of all of the Upper House MPs are below. I think I’ve got their titles right; I’ve put a question mark before the couple that I’m uncertain about.

 

 

The Hon Bruce Atkinson MLC
Salutation: Dear President Atkinson
Liberal
(03) 9877 7188
bruce.atkinson@parliament.vic.gov.au
PO Box 508, Ringwood, VIC 3134
Member for: Eastern Metropolitan
http://www.bruceatkinson.com.au/

 

Ms Melina Bath MLC
Salutation: Dear Ms Bath
Nationals
(03) 5174 7066
melina.bath@parliament.vic.gov.au
PO Box 1506, Traralgon 3844
Member for: Eastern Victoria
http://www.melinabath.com.au/

Mr Jeffrey Bourman MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr Bourman
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers
(03) 5623 2999
jeff.bourman@parliament.vic.gov.au
Unit 1, 9 Napier Street, Warragul, VIC 3820
Member for: Eastern Victoria

 

Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins MLC
Salutation: Dear Dr Carling-Jenkins
Australian Conservatives
(03) 8742 3226
rachel.carling-jenkins@parliament.vic.gov.au
Member for: Western Metropolitan
Website: http://www.rachelmp.com.au/
E-mail address: rachel.carling-jenkins@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Shop 3, 1-13 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC 3030

 

Ms Georgina Crozier MLC
Salutation: Dear Shadow Minister Crozier
Liberal
(03) 9555 4101
georgie.crozier@parliament.vic.gov.au
Member for: Southern Metropolitan
Position(s): Shadow Minister for Families and Children; Shadow Minister for Prevention of Family Violence; Shadow Minister for Housing
Website: http://www.georgiecrozier.com.au/
E-mail address: georgie.crozier@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: (Temporary Office), Level 2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne 3002

 

The Hon Philip Dalidakis MLC
Salutation: Dear Minister Dalidakis
Labor
(03) 9557 1500
philip.dalidakis@parliament.vic.gov.au
Member for: Southern Metropolitan
Position(s): Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade
Website: http://philipdalidakis.com.au/
E-mail address: philip.dalidakis@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 281 Centre Road, Bentleigh, VIC 3204

 

The Hon Richard Dalla-Riva MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr Dalla-Riva
Liberal
(03) 9803 0592
richard.dalla-riva@parliament.vic.gov.au
Member for: Eastern Metropolitan
Website: http://www.richarddalla-riva.com/
E-mail address: richard.dalla-riva@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Shop 10, 477 Burwood Highway, Vermont South, VIC 3133

 

The Hon David Davis MLC
Salutation: Dear Shadow Minister Davis
Liberal
(03) 9888 6244
david.davis@parliament.vic.gov.au
Member for: Southern Metropolitan
Position(s): Shadow Minister for Public Transport; Shadow Minister for Planning; Shadow Minister for Equality
Website: http://daviddavis.com.au/
E-mail address: david.davis@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: c/- Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne

 

Ms Samantha Dunn MLC
Salutation: Dear Ms Dunn
Greens
(03) 9850 8600
samantha.dunn@parliament.vic.gov.au
Member for: Eastern Metropolitan
Position(s): Spokesperson for Local Government, Forests and Logging, Planning, Public Transport, Roads and Roads Safety
Website: http://www.samanthadunn.org/
E-mail address: samantha.dunn@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 128 Ayr Street, Doncaster, VIC 3108

 

Mr Khalil Eideh
Salutation: Dear Deputy President Eideh
Labor
(03) 9363 1644
khalil.eideh@parliament.vic.gov.au
Mr Khalil Eideh MLC
Member for: Western Metropolitan
Position(s): Deputy President of the Legislative Council
E-mail address: khalil.eideh@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Tenancy 2, 80 Carmody Drive, Cairnlea, VIC 3023

 

Mr Nazih Elasmar MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr Elasmar
Labor
(03) 9456 9244
nazih.elasmar@parliament.vic.gov.au
Member for: Northern Metropolitan
E-mail address: nazih.elasmar@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Shops 5 & 5a, 101 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, VIC 3084

 

Mr Bernard Finn MLC
Salutation: Dear Shadow Assistant Minister Finn
Liberal
(03) 9317 5911
bernie.finn@parliament.vic.gov.au
Member for: Western Metropolitan
Position(s): Shadow Assistant Minister for Autism Spectrum Disorder; Shadow Assistant Minister for Electoral Integrity; Shadow Assistant Minister for Melbourne’s West
Website: http://berniefinn.com/
E-mail address: bernie.finn@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Suite 101, 19 Lacy Street, Braybrook, VIC 3019

 

Ms Margaret Fitzherbert MLC
Salutation: Dear Shadow Assistant Minister Fitzherbert
Liberal
(03) 9681 9555
margaret.fitzherbert@parliament.vic.gov.au
Member for: Southern Metropolitan
Position(s): Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader; Shadow Assistant Minister for Health
Website: http://www.margaretfitzherbert.com.au/
E-mail address: margaret.fitzherbert@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 306 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207

 

Mr Mark Gepp MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr Gepp
Labor
(03) 5427 2155
Member for: Northern Victoria
Website: http://www.markgepp.com.au/
E-mail address: mark.gepp@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Tenancy 3, 80 High Street, Woodend, VIC 3442

 

Ms Colleen Hartland MLC
Salutation: Dear Ms Hartland
Greens
(03) 9689 6227
Member for: Western Metropolitan
Position(s): Spokesperson for Ageing, Disability, Emergency Services, Gaming, Health and Ambulance Services, Liquor Regulation, Mental Health and Veterans
Website: https://greens.org.au/vic/mps/colleen-hartland
E-mail address: colleen.hartland@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: PO Box 318, Seddon West, VIC 3011

 

The Hon Gavin Jennings MLC
Salutation: Dear Special Minister Jennings
Labor
(03) 9548 5634
Member for: South-Eastern Metropolitan
Position(s): Special Minister of State; Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
E-mail address: gavin.jennings@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 517a Princes Highway, Noble Park, VIC 3174

 

Mr Shaun Leane MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr Leane
Labor
(03) 9887 1559
Member for: Eastern Metropolitan
Position(s): Parliamentary Secretary to the Special Minister of State; Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure
Website: http://www.shaunleanemp.com.au/
E-mail address: shaun.leane@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: PO Box 4307, Knox City Centre, VIC 3152

 

The Hon Wendy Lovell MLC
Salutation: Dear Ms Lovell
Liberal
(03) 5821 6668
Member for: Northern Victoria
Position(s): Liberal Party Whip in the Legislative Council
Website: http://wendylovell.com.au/
E-mail address: wendy.lovell@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 138 Welsford Street, Shepparton, VIC 3630

 

Mr Cesar Melhem MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr Melhem
Labor
(03) 9689 6536
Member for: Western Metropolitan
Position(s): Government Whip
Website: http://www.cesarmelhem.com.au/
E-mail address: cesar.melhem@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 231 Hyde Street, Yarraville, VIC 3013

 

The Hon Jenny Mikakos MLC
Salutation: Dear Minister Mikakos
Labor
(03) 9462 3966
Member for: Northern Metropolitan
Position(s): Minister for Families and Children; Minister for Youth Affairs; Minister for Early Childhood Education
Website: http://www.jennymikakos.com.au/
E-mail address: jenny.mikakos@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 319 Spring Street, Reservoir, VIC 3073

 

Mr Joshua Morris MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr Morris
Liberal
(03) 5332 9443
Member for: Western Victoria
Website: http://www.joshuamorrismp.com.au/
E-mail address: joshua.morris@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 211 Dana Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350

 

Mr Daniel Mulino MLC
Salutation: Dear Secretary Mulino
Labor
(03) 5940 5010
Member for: Eastern Victoria
Position(s): Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer; Parliamentary Secretary for Finance
Website: http://www.danielmulino.com/
E-mail address: daniel.mulino@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Unit 1, 23 James Street, Pakenham, VIC 3810

 

The Hon Edward O’Donohue MLC
Salutation: Dear Shadow Minister O’Donohue
Liberal
(03) 5941 1112
Member for: Eastern Victoria
Position(s): Shadow Minister for Police; Shadow Minister for Community Safety; Shadow Minister for Corrections
Website: http://www.edwardodonohue.com.au/
E-mail address: edward.o’donohue@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: PO Box 817, Pakenham, VIC 3810

 

Mr. Luke O’Sullivan MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr O’Sullivan
Nationals
5443 6277
Member for: Northern Victoria
Website: https://www.facebook.com/MemberforNorthernVictoria/
E-mail address: Luke.O’Sullivan@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Unit 1, 239 Barnard St, Bendigo 3550

 

Mr Craig Ondarchie MLC
Salutation: Dear Shadow Minister Ondarchie
Liberal
(03) 9422 0099
Member for: Northern Metropolitan
Position(s): Shadow Minister for Investment and Jobs; Shadow Minister for Trade
Website: https://vic.liberal.org.au/CraigOndarchie
E-mail address: craig.ondarchie@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 27a AXIS Centre, 797 Plenty Road, South Morang, VIC 3752

 

Ms Fiona Patten MLC
Salutation: Dear Ms Patten
Australian Sex Party
(03) 9386 4400
Member for: Northern Metropolitan
Website: https://fionapatten.com.au/
E-mail address: fiona.patten@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Unit 1, 747 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056

 

Ms Sue Pennicuik MLC
Salutation: Dear Ms Pennicuik
Greens
(03) 9530 8399
Member for: Southern Metropolitan
Position(s): The Victorian Greens Whip; Spokesperson for Attorney-General, Creative Industries (Arts), Education, Police and Corrections, Racing, Tourism and Animals
Website: https://greens.org.au/vic/mps/sue-pennicuik
E-mail address: sue.pennicuik@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 206-208 Bay Street, Brighton, VIC 3186

 

Mrs Inga Peulich MLC
Salutation: Dear Shadow Minister Peulich
Liberal
(03) 9772 1366
Member for: South-Eastern Metropolitan
Position(s): Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Website: http://www.ingapeulich.org/
E-mail address: inga.peulich@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 376 Nepean Highway, Chelsea, VIC 3196

 

The Hon Jaala Pulford MLC
Salutation: Dear Minister Pulford
Labor
(03) 5332 2405
Member for: Western Victoria
Position(s): Minister for Agriculture; Minister for Regional Development; Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
Website: http://www.jaalapulford.com.au/
E-mail address: jaala.pulford@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Ground floor, 15 Main Road, Ballarat, VIC 3350

 

Mr James Purcell MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr Purcell
(03) 5568 2929
Vote 1 Local Jobs
Member for: Western Victoria
Website: http://www.vote1localjobs.com.au/
E-mail address: james.purcell@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Shop 3, 32 Bank Street, Port Fairy, VIC 3284

 

Mr Simon Ramsay MLC
Salutation: Dear Shadow Assistant Minister Ramsay
Liberal
(03) 5222 1941
Member for: Western Victoria
Position(s): Shadow Assistant Minister for Agriculture
Website: http://simonramsay.com.au/
E-mail address: simon.ramsay@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: PO Box 2273, Geelong VIC 3220

 

Dr Samantha Ratnam MLC
Salutation: Dear Dr Ratnam
Greens
Member for: Northern Metropolitan
Position(s): Leader of The Victorian Greens; Spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs, Agriculture, Employment and Industrial Relations, Industry and Trade, Regional Development
Website: https://greens.org.au/vic/mps/samantharatnam
E-mail address: samantha.ratnam@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Level 1, 45 William St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

 

The Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips MLC
Salutation: (?) Dear Deputy Leader Rich-Phillips
Liberal
(03) 9794 7667
Member for: South-Eastern Metropolitan
Position(s): Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council; Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council; Shadow Assistant Treasurer; Shadow Minister for Government Administration; Shadow Minister for Aviation
Website: http://www.rich-phillips.com.au/
E-mail address: gordon.rich-phillips@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Suite 1, 31 Princes Highway, Dandenong, VIC 3175

 

Ms Harriet Shing MLC
Salutation: Dear Secretary Shing
Labor
(03) 5134 8000
Member for: Eastern Victoria
Position(s): Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services
Website: http://www.harrietshing.com.au/
E-mail address: harriet.shing@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Ground Floor, 216 Commercial Road, Morwell, VIC 3840

 

The Hon Adem Somyurek MLC
Salutation: (?) Dear Minister Somyurek
Labor
(03) 9794 0699
Member for: South Eastern Metropolitan
E-mail address: adem.somyurek@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Unit 2, 24 Langhorne Street, Dandenong, VIC 3175

 

Ms Nina Springle MLC
Salutation: Dear Ms Springle
Greens
(03) 9584 4013
Member for: South-Eastern Metropolitan
Position(s): Spokesperson for Families and Children, Family Violence Prevention, Multicultural Affairs, Waste and Women
Website: http://www.ninaspringle.com.au/
E-mail address: nina.springle@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Suite 1, 1174 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham, VIC 3192

 

Ms Jaclyn Symes MLC
Salutation: Dear Ms Symes
Labor
(03) 5783 2000
Member for: Northern Victoria
Position(s): Government Whip in the Legislative Council
Website: http://www.jaclynsymes.com.au/
E-mail address: jaclyn.symes@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: 49a High Street, Wallan, VIC 3756

 

Ms Gayle Tierney MLC
Salutation: Dear Minister Tierney
Labor
(03) 5224 2088
Member for: Western Victoria
Position(s): Minister for Training and Skills; Minister for Corrections
Website: http://www.gayletierney.com.au/
E-mail address: gayle.tierney@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Ground Floor, 1 Yarra Street, Geelong, VIC 3220

 

The Hon Mary Wooldridge MLC
Salutation: (?) Dear Minister Wooldridge
Liberal
(03) 9878 4113
Member for: Eastern Metropolitan
Position(s): Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council; Leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council; Shadow Minister for Health
Website: http://www.marywooldridge.com/
E-mail address: mary.wooldridge@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Suite 1, 10-12 Blackburn Road, Blackburn, VIC 3130

 

Mr Daniel Young MLC
Salutation: Dear Mr Young
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers
(03) 5799 1331
Member for: Northern Victoria
Website: http://danielyoungmp.com.au/
E-mail address: daniel.young@parliament.vic.gov.au
Postal address: Shop 5, 30 Wallis Street, Seymour, VIC 3660

 

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